Apple’s Independent Repair Provider application is expanding in a big way.
The program, which provides third-party repair suppliers access to genuine Apple parts, tools, repair manuals and diagnostics, was initially lunched in the U.S. in 2019, and also expanded to Europe and Canada in 2020. This year, it will be available in over 200 countries –“nearly” every state where Apple goods are offered, Apple declared on Tuesday.
The fix providers that want to combine the program can get free instruction from Apple, but they do have to commit to having an Apple-certified technician on duty (certificate is also free). According to Apple, there are more than 1,500 Independent Repair Provider locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Prior to this program’s launching, Apple was often criticized for not providing third party repairers the crucial tools to repair Apple products. However, the lobbying from right-to-repair groups, as well as tighter regulation in Europe, made the company change its position.
Apple says it is opening registrations for its app in a number of nations later this week. The full list is Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cook 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 provider says the app is opening in additional countries and areas”later this year.”
You can assess whether a repair supplier a part of this application over at support.apple.com/repair/verify-repair-provider (though it only seems to reveal U.S. providers in the present time ).