The ‘right to repair’ technology discussion is a heated debate that continues to incite people into argument, especially when it comes to Apple products, which the company has made increasingly difficult to repair at home. However, a new scheme from Apple might actually turn things around for the consumers.
While the company has been running an Apple Authorized Service Providers scheme for about 32 years already, joining it has been both expensive and quite complicated. The new scheme it plans to launch will allow more people to join as well as third-party shops that offer out-of-warranty iPhone repairs. Just as long as they perform the repairs in accordance to Apple’s demands.
The businesses that sign up to the Independent Repair Provider Program will receive the same parts, tools, training, repair manuals and diagnostic tools at those who are part of the Apple Authorized Service Providers scheme. They can still use the third-party parts if they so feel inclined. Of course, they will need to meet a few requirements to qualify.
“Companies applying are required to be an established business, with business verification documents available for review by Apple.” The company said in a blog post that announced the scheme. “Apple’s repair tools, training, service guides, and diagnostics must be kept confidential.“
In addition to that, the shops must be located “in a commercially zoned area, a residential address is not acceptable as a service location.“
Those service companies that want to use the genuine iPhone parts will need to also have Apple-certified technicians on-site to perform the repairs.
“Becoming certified to repair Apple products requires passing exams through an online Authorized Testing Center.” Apple said. “Certifications are updated on a per product basis annually.”
The scheme has been tested, according to Apple, at 20 stores across North America, Europe and Asia already and it will initially launch in the United States, with other regions to follow in the near future.