Apple is strict on who can repair their devices and the company has been a significant enemy of the ‘right-to-repair’ movement.
Apple is now expanding its repair program to have more technicians in more countries where the company sells its products.
Apple’s Interdependence Repair Provider Program was launched in 2019 and is expanding in more than 200 countries this year including Kenya, and the expansion of the program will be available in virtually every country that Apple devices are sold.
The program will help users get access to certified technicians who will diagnose and repair their broken devices. This program is also a way developed by the company to bridge the gap between small repair shops and Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs).
Getting an iPhone or other Apple device repaired has been expensive.
However, just like going to Apple store locations to get your device repaired at a lower price, independent service providers could presumably also help lower the cost of repairing which has been consistently increasing with a new iteration of the iPhone.
Apple device owners will not only be able to repair their devices at a lower cost, but also will have more locations to get their devices repaired.
Technicians can apply for the program for free using this link https://support.apple.com/repair/verify-repair-provider
In order to be a certified technician, training is a must and is offered for free by the company.
Participants will have access to similar genuine parts, tools, repair manuals, and diagnostics as AASPs and Apple Store locations.
The program will land in Kenya and other African countries including Uganda and Nigeria this year but the date is not yet mentioned.