If you need to repair an Apple product, you should either go to the Apple Store or go to a reliable third-party service center. However, if those options are limited or too expensive for you, Apple recently announced the expansion of its Independent Repair Provider program and there are plans to expand it to almost all countries where Apple products are sold as well. So, someone near you could soon be using official Apple parts to repair your devices.
The Independent Repair Provider program is currently only available in the United States, Canada and Europe, and according to Apple’s announcement, repair providers in Australia, Korea and Japan will be able to join the program this. week. Providers from some other countries, including China, will be able to join the program later this year.
These service providers must apply to be part of the Independent Repair Provider program and once approved, they can purchase a limited variety of official Apple materials such as batteries, displays, and diagnostic tools.
This means that your local repairer, once he / she is part of the program, can help you with common problems with the use of these basic parts. For something more intensive, you will still have to go through Apple or one of its authorized service providers or you may lose the warranty or be unsupported eventually.
If you are someone who repairs Apple devices and want to be a part of the program, there are a few things you should be aware of. Once you’re part of the program, you sign a contract that gives Apple the right to inspect repair shops and fine them if something goes wrong. According to reports, Apple may charge $1,000 per transaction for any repair shop caught using counterfeit parts in more than 2% of repairs.
The full list of countries and regions that can enroll in the Independent Repair Provider program can be found here.