Third-party repairs have always been frowned upon in Apple’s eyes. Those views appear to be slightly changing though in a new plan announced from the iPhone maker.
The Independent Repair Provider Program will give smaller repair businesses access to the same Apple-genuine parts, training, and resources as Apple authorized service providers. This will in-turn allow them to perform a variety out-of-warranty iPhone repairs. Apple says it’s trialed the program at 20 stores across North America, Europe, and Asia. Now with the launch in the United States, Apple says they’ll announce additional regions in the future. This news comes just months after it was announced in June that Best Buy locations would also begin accepting Apple device repairs.
Businesses that are interested can apply for free, but to qualify for the program employees will need to become Apple-certified technicians. This training will also be offered online for free. Once approved, these businesses will have access to Apple genuine parts, tools, training, service guides, diagnostics and resources at the same cost as Apple authorized resellers.