Apple has announced that it will expand its Independent Repair Provider program to more than 200 countries soon. Often times, fixing an Apple product involves going straight to the source, such as an Apple Store or a large outside company. And if you live somewhere with limited options, that may soon change with the new expansion of the program. The company plans to expand its IRP program to nearly every country in which Apple products are sold.
The Independent Repair Provider program reaches Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine and Tunisia. This means that a repair technician living in your area can fix your broken phone soon using official Apple parts.
The program is currently only available in the United States, Canada and Europe, but according to Apple's announcement, reform providers from countries such as Australia, Japan and Korea can join this week, with suppliers from more countries including China joining the program later in the day. Repair technicians must apply to participate, and once approved, they can purchase a limited set of Apple materials, such as batteries, displays, and diagnostic tools.
While a local repair technician will be able to fix the most common problems using official parts, he or she will have to go through Apple, or an authorized service provider, or risk void warranty or become unsupported. And a maintenance technician must know a bunch of things, as joining the program comes with a contract that gives Apple the right to inspect repair shops and charge them if it finds something wrong.
And Apple can charge $ 1,000 per transaction for any store it finds that uses counterfeit parts for more than 2 percent of repairs. And Apple generally appears to only support third-party fixes if they can find a way to make money from them, and this ISP program doesn't look any different.
Apple launched the program for the first time in 2019 and expanded to Europe and Canada last year, and the program provides repair service providers of all sizes with access to original Apple parts, tools, repair manuals and diagnostics to provide safe and reliable repairs to Apple products.