In addition to the United States, Apple has expanded its “Independent Repair Provider” program to Canada and 32 European countries, including Hungary. The program, which has been available in the U.S. since the end of last year, has so far been joined by 140 local businesses that are repairing Apple smartphones beyond the warranty period in a total of 700 locations with the support of the manufacturer. Apple provides program participants with essentially the same benefits (training, factory parts background) as members of the official Authorized Service Providers (AASP) network, but under much less stringent conditions.
Information on Apple's Website according to the Independent Repair Company program is for companies looking to service iPhones beyond warranty. Companies eligible for the program can use genuine Apple parts, tools, training, service manuals, diagnostic procedures, and resources for various out-of-warranty iPhone repairs, such as replacing iPhone displays and batteries.
Accordingly, companies that specialize in out-of-warranty service, parts distributors and resellers, and not authorized Apple resellers (the AASP program is open to them) can apply to the program. An additional condition is that the company may not use any Apple trademarked term on behalf of the company or as part of its website, unless it is consistent with Apple's trademark policy.
and repair work should only be performed by Apple-certified technicians. Technicians are tested online, and certifications need to be updated annually on a product-by-product basis, according to Apple's website. The certification exam is free for companies that have been admitted to the Independent Repair Companies program.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.