In Midst of Right to Repair Battle, Apple Opens Up to Third Party Screen Repairs
According to a report published by Reuters, Apple is making it easier for consumers to get cracked iPhone screens fixed. The current process for screen repairs (done the official, certified-by-Apple way) is to either ship your device back to Apple or schedule an appointment at your local Apple Store location where they will do the repair for you on site.
Recently, news leaked about some mysterious machine that Apple developed that would basically ensure that only Apple could repair an iPhone with a cracked screen. Turns out, that machine—which we now know is called the Horizon Machine—is programmed to correctly fix and replace cracked screens and broken sensors on an iPhone.
However, the major news here is that the Horizon Machine is going to make its way beyond Apple’s walls and into some 400 third-party locations in 25 countries by the end of this year, or slightly more than 8 percent of Apple’s 4,800 authorized service providers worldwide. "We've been on a quest to expand our reach," Brian Naumann, senior director of service operations at Apple, told Reuters.