Getting an Apple product repaired often involves going directly to the (expensive) source – an Apple Store – or a large third-party company. If you live in a restricted location, Apple’s recently announced extension of the Independent Repair Provider program may change that. The company plans to expand the repair program to “almost every country where Apple products are sold,” meaning that someone near you could soon use official Apple parts to fix your damaged phone.
Right now, the program is only available in the US, Canada and Europe, but according to Apple̵
Suppliers must apply to participate, but once approved, they can only purchase a limited selection of first-class materials such as batteries, monitors and diagnostic tools. So while your local repairman will be able to solve the most common problems with official parts, something more exotic must go through Apple, one of its authorized service providers, or risk canceling a warranty or not being supported down the line.
If you are actually doing the hard work of repairing devices, there are other things to be aware of as well. Joining the program comes with a contract that allegedly gives Apple the right to both inspect workshops and fine them if it finds something wrong. Apple can charge $ 1,000 per transaction for any store it captures using knockoff parts in more than two percent of repairs, according to a Motherboard report.
Apple generally seems to be supportive of third-party repairs if they can find a way to make money, and this repair program does not seem to be any different. This is the company that routinely tries to kill bills to repair properly and has developed methods to make iPhones non-functional if, after all, they use third-party batteries.
You can read the full list of participating countries and regions on the Apple website.