Apple first announced its Independent Repair Provider program in the US in 2019, then expanded it to Canada and Europe; now, it’s worldwide…
For quite some time, there were very few repair options for Apple devices. And, when it came to out-of-warranty situations, it was even more difficult to get broken gear fixed. So, in 2019, Apple rolled out it’s Independent Repair Provider program in the United States, giving mobile device owners alternatives to proprietary stores and mail-in procedures. Not long after, Apple expanded the program to Canada and Europe. Now, the program is going global, virtually covering every single market where Apple devices are officially sold.
Apple’s Independent Repair Provider Program Expands to More Countries
With the expansion, third-party repair shops can qualify to be certified in providing repairs. Individual repair technicians must pass a test, and the shops must only use official Apple hardware. Both the test and certification are free. Plus, the consumer program is also free to join. Customers can find shops that are part of the program by visiting Apple’s official partner list.
Applications open this week in the following markets: 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.