Apple has announced expansion of its Independent Repair Provider Program to include Mac computers. As reported by Reuters, independent third-party repair shops will be properly trained and provided certified parts by the company to fix Macs.
Under this program, Apple sells parts and offer free training to shops’ employees to provide repair service for out-of-warranty products and now this service includes Macs. This is great news for customers who have out-of-warranty Macs and want to make sure their repairs are done with genuine Apple parts and experts.
Apple expands Independent Repair Provider Program
This program was initially launched last year in August but was only limited to the repairing of out-of-warranty iPhones while repair jobs of Mac where carried at Apple Stores or authorized partners. With the extension of program’s coverage, Mac users now have more options for repair centers for their devices.
Under the program, any repair shop in the United States can get a free online certification, if it meets all of company’s requirements to enlist in the repair program.
Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams, told Reuters,
“When a device needs repairs, we want people to have access to a safe and reliable solution — this latest expansion joins the thousands of repair locations we’ve added over the past year.mWe’re looking forward to bringing that convenient and trustworthy repair experience to our Mac users.”
Businesses interested in becoming independent repair shops can apply at irp-program to sign up for the program. The admitted stores will be able to get free coaching, access to official manuals, diagnostic tools, and the ability to buy authentic parts to make their fixes. All resources and assistance will be provided by the Cupertino tech giant.
Since the program’s launch date in the United States last fall, 40 businesses with a total of 700 locations had signed up for the iPhone repairs program. Apple also recently expanded the program to include 32 countries in Europe and Canada. The tech giant is currently testing the program in 20 shops in Europe, Asia, and North America.