Apple’s Unbiased Restore Supplier program is increasing in an enormous method.
This system, which provides third-party restore suppliers entry to real Apple components, instruments, restore manuals and diagnostics, was initially lunched in the U.S. in 2019, and expanded to Europe and Canada in 2020. This yr, will probably be out there in additional than 200 international locations — “almost” each nation the place Apple merchandise are bought, Apple announced on Tuesday.
The restore suppliers that wish to be a part of this system can get free coaching from Apple, however they do should decide to having an Apple-certified technician on obligation (certification can also be free). In keeping with Apple, there are presently greater than 1,500 Unbiased Restore Supplier areas within the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Previous to this system’s launch, Apple was often criticized for not giving third-party repairers the required instruments to restore Apple merchandise. However the lobbying from right-to-repair teams, in addition to tighter regulation in Europe, made the corporate change its stance.
Apple says it is opening registrations for this system in plenty of international locations later this week. The total checklist is Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Prepare 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 extra international locations and areas “later this yr.”
You’ll be able to verify whether or not a restore supplier is a part of this program over at support.apple.com/repair/verify-repair-provider (although it solely seems to indicate U.S. suppliers for the time being).