Apple said on Thursday it will start offering independent repair shops parts, tools and guides to help fix broken iPhones.
The new repair program allows big and small repair outfits to sign up and get access to parts for common out-of-warranty repairs, something that was previously restricted to Apple’s network of authorized service providers.
The move represents an about-face for Apple, which typically encourages any repairs to be made by its authorized service providers and makes it difficult for users to replace aging or broken parts themselves.
This is undoubtedly a reaction to the “right to repair” movement with Apple trying to head off legislation. The good news is that the new program is free for independent repair shops to join.