Apple to launch Independent Repair Provider program in more than 200 countries

Apple’s Unbiased Restore Supplier program is increasing in a large method. 

This system, which supplies third-party fix suppliers get entry to to authentic Apple portions, gear, fix manuals and diagnostics, was once first of all lunched within the U.S. in 2019, and expanded to Europe and Canada in 2020. This 12 months, it is going to be to be had in additional than 200 international locations — “just about” each nation the place Apple merchandise are offered, Apple introduced on Tuesday. 

The fix suppliers that need to sign up for this system can get loose coaching from Apple, however they do must decide to having an Apple-certified technician on responsibility (certification may be loose). In step with Apple, there are lately greater than 1,500 Unbiased Restore Supplier places within the U.S., Canada and Europe. 

Previous to this system’s release, Apple was once regularly criticized for now not giving third-party repairers the essential gear to fix Apple merchandise. However the lobbying from right-to-repair teams, in addition to tighter law in Europe, made the corporate alternate its stance. 

Apple says it is opening registrations for this system in a variety of international locations later this week. The whole checklist is Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cook dinner Islands, Fiji, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.

The corporate says that this system is opening in more international locations and areas “later this 12 months.” 

You’ll take a look at whether or not a fix service is a part of this program over at fortify.apple.com/fix/verify-repair-provider (although it most effective seems to turn U.S. suppliers these days).

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