Now You Can Repair Your Out-Of-Warranty iPhones At Independent Shops
Smartphone giant Apple has suddenly come out with an unexpected, but a much-needed announcement that it will finally let independent repair shops fix iPhones that are out of warranty. It’s all part of the Independent Repair Provider Program and it basically provides parts, tools, and training to shops that want to work with genuine Apple hardware.
Companies applying are required to be an established business, with business verification documents available for review by Apple. Apple’s repair tools, training, service guides, and diagnostics must be kept confidential. The premises must also be in a commercially zoned area, a residential address is not acceptable as a service location.
Participating in service companies using iPhone genuine parts are required to have Apple-certified technicians perform the repairs. Becoming certified to repair Apple products requires passing exams through an online Authorized Testing Center. Certifications are updated on a per-product basis annually. The certification exam fees are waived for businesses that have been approved to be an Independent Repair Provider.
While the program is available only in North America for now, but it’s about to expand in the future to other regions in Europe and Asia. But out of warranty repairs are limited mostly to breaks like the front or back glass panels, cracked camera lenses, etc. However, this is still a big win for consumers as now they will have a wider choice of shops from where they can get their phones repaired.
Independent businesses can apply for the program for free and will be provided with the needed tools and training with the latter being available online. When the said repair shop is approved, it will have access to the same genuine Apple parts as the authorized resellers at the same price.
Read more about the Independent Repair Provider Program.