Apple allows third-party stores to repair iPhones outside the warranty, using their own parts for the first time
Apple has more third-party stores repair iPhones outside the warranty and use its own parts and tools on devices for the first time
- Apple will verify more iPhone repairs by external companies
- The company will provide companies with resources, tools and training
- To participate, stores must have at least one Apple-certified technician
- Apple has long worked on blocking third-party repairs on its devices
Apple is starting to renounce third-party repairs by expanding the number of verified stores with licenses for repairing iPhone screens, replacing batteries, and more.
According to a blog post from the company, a new repair program will start offering more independent phone repair shops with the same original parts, tools, training, repair manuals and diagnostics as its authorized Apple service providers & # 39 ;.
As long as the store has a certified Apple technician, they can participate in the program for free, meaning that almost all third-party repair sites can now provide iPhone repairs – at least for older models.I
The program only applies to iPhones that are not covered by the warranty, which means that newer Apple products still have to be returned to the company for repair.
Apple is starting to open its resources to external repair companies. In a new program, the company said it will increase the number of verified repair companies that can repair batteries, repair screens and more.
This is likely to be a welcome change for Apple customers who, amid battery-related shortcuts and preventive phone prices, have to service their older devices more than ever.
The move could reduce waiting times at Apple stores and reduce the burden on Apple & # 39; s own repair equipment, making results smoother for both the company and its customers.
"To better meet our customers' needs, we make it easier for independent US providers to access the same resources as our Apple Authorized Service Provider network," said Jeff Williams, Apple's Chief Operating Officer in a statement .
Obtaining a verified and authorized repair is free for companies, but the ease with which this is associated entails a considerable reservation.
To get the blessing from the company, third-party stores must have at least one Apple-certified technician at their disposal and this costs them.
Those certifications require that participants undergo a somewhat rigorous training process whereby at least $ 300 – sometimes as much as $ 600 – is spent and passed multiple tests.
This provision is likely to deter companies with a tight budget, making them less suitable to join the network.
According to the blog post, Apple has been quietly working with its program over the past year and currently has 20 independent repair companies as part of its network.
The step to open up its resources to external repair shops represents a major shift for the company that was notoriously prickly in the past to non-Apple stores.
Apple has often worked to block third-party repairs by changing the software or sometimes functions on phones that & # 39; tampered with & # 39; was canceled.
Recently, the major external repair company, iFixit, noted that Apple has activated dormant software in its phones that is designed to inhibit non-sanctioned battery repairs.
The software blocked the diagnostic capabilities of the phone battery and third-party apps after their batteries were replaced by a non-Apple technician.
Instead of displaying important battery status information, the devices were decorated with a semi-permanent & # 39; Service & # 39; message that could only be resolved by taking the phone to Apple.
& # 39; Unless an Apple Genius or an Apple Authorized Service Provider authenticates a battery with the phone, that phone will never display the battery status and will always report a vague, ominous problem & # 39 ;, said iFixit.
As a result of Apple's efforts to block third-party repair companies, it calls for a & # 39; right to repair & # 39; legislation that would legally establish the correct repair of someone's phone personally or through a service of their choice.
BATTERYGATE IS COMING TO THE IPHONE X
The queue over Apple's decision to slow down the performance of iPhones has reappeared after the company has revealed that the latest iOS update offers the controversial & # 39; throttling & # 39; feature to iPhones that were just a year ago purchased.
The company, which was hit by a huge kickback from the customer after the & # 39; batterygate & # 39; throttling was first unveiled, said earlier that it was not necessary to use the & # 39; performance management function & # 39; to bring the latest phones.
However, the release notes for iOS 12.1, which were released on Tuesday, showed that Apple has introduced the controversial feature for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – which were released just a year ago.
To check if Apple is smothering your phone, go to Settings> Battery> Battery Status. It will display the exact amount of degradation of your battery and it will tell you if it is being choked
The row led many to accuse Apple of & # 39; built-in aging & # 39; as a result of which users effectively had to buy a new phone.
As batteries in all phones and gadgets age, they become less effective.
Meanwhile, as software becomes more sophisticated, the battery and processor become heavier as the phone gets older, and in some cases, this can cause phones to just turn off.
Apple's performance management feature limits some system components, such as the CPU and GPU, because the battery will deteriorate over time to prevent the device from turning off randomly.
Previously this was an automatic feature in every iPhone, but after outrage from users, Apple began giving them the option to turn it off in iOS 11.3.
But Apple admitted in the iOS 12.1 release that the performance management feature is enabled for the latest iPhone models – many of which only have a year or less in possession.
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