Promising access to genuine parts, tools, repair manuals, and diagnostics for out-of-warranty repairs in a new announcement on Monday, Apple will now be making its “Independent Repair Program” available in more than 200 countries, nearly every country where Apple products are sold.
A much more pocket-friendly way to get your Apple product repairs done (as compared to the kind of money you might have been shelling out until now), Apple will now be rolling out an effective new program that enables repair providers of all sizes access to genuine Apple parts, tools, repair manuals, and diagnostics to offer safe and reliable repairs for Apple products. There are now more than 1,500 Independent Repair Provider locations serving customers across the US, Canada, and Europe, and now, according to Apple’s announcement, repair providers from countries including Australia, Japan, and Korea will be able to join this week, with providers from even more countries including China joining the program later this year.
Providers have to apply to participate, but once approved, they can only buy a limited variety of first-party materials like batteries, screens, and diagnostic tools. All participating repair providers in the program will also have access to free training from Apple and the same genuine parts, tools, repair manuals, and diagnostics as Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) and Apple Store locations.
There is no cost to join Apple’s Independent Repair Provider program. To qualify, repair providers need to commit to having an Apple-certified technician perform the repairs. The process for certification is simple and free of charge. Meanwhile, on the flip side, according to a report by Motherboard, joining the program comes with a contract that reportedly gives Apple the right to both inspect repair shops and fine them if it finds something amiss. Apple can charge $1,000 per transaction for any shop it catches using knockoff parts in more than two percent of repairs.
Beginning later this week, interested repair providers in these countries and regions can learn more and apply to become an Independent Repair Provider in 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.