Apple has announced a new scheme that will allow independent repair shops to offer official iPhone service beyond warranty. The new third-party repair program gives small repair companies access to the same genuine Apple parts, training, and resources as authorized Apple service providers.
The company said it has tried the initiative in 20 stores in North America, Europe and Asia, Today it launches the program for the United States and will announce other regions in the future.
For end customers, after all, it has to offer more room for Apple users to get their iPhone repaired using official Apple parts. This is in addition to the June announcement that all Best Buy stores in the United States are beginning to accept Apple device repairs.
Apple says that the program is most often targeted beyond repair. This is supposed to include repairs such as fake screens or replacement of the rear window.
Prior to this announcement, Apple primarily left independent repair companies cold. Entrepreneurial businesses instead resort to buying parts for Apple devices from the gray market to make unofficial repairs.
Interested independent companies can apply for free. To qualify, businesses will need to train their employees to become Apple certified technicians. Again, Apple will offer this online training for free. If a company accepts the program, they will have access to Apple parts and tools at the same price as authorized Apple distributors.
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