Repairing an Apple product often involves going directly to the source an Apple store or a large third-party company, and if you live somewhere with limited options, that might alter Apple’s recently announced expansion of the Independent Repair Provider program, as the company plans to expand its repair program to include “Almost every country is where Apple products are sold,” according to The Verege.
At the moment the program is only available in the United States, Canada, and Europe, but according to Apple’s announcement, repair providers from countries like Australia, Japan and Korea will be able to join this week, with suppliers from more countries including China joining the program later this year. .
Service providers have to apply to participate, but once approved, they can only purchase a limited set of first-party materials such as batteries, displays, and diagnostic tools, so while your local repair person will be able to fix the most common issues with official parts, any Something more exotic would have to go through Apple, or an authorized service provider, or risk void or become unsupported.
If you really do the hard work fixing hardware, there are other things you should be aware of as well. Joining the program comes with a contract that is said to give Apple the right to inspect repair shops and charge them if you find something wrong. Apple can charge $ 1,000 per transaction. Any store you catch with knock-off parts in more than 2% of repairs, according to Motherboard.
And Apple generally appears to only support third-party fixes if they can find a way to make money from them, and that fix doesn’t seem to be any different. This is the company that routinely tries to kill the right repair bills and has devised ways to render iPhones non-functional if they use third-party batteries, after all.