Apple will install glass repair machines in 25 countries to lessen iphone repair time

In a world where 88% people are smartphone owners, a large number of which are iPhone owners. iPhone, a name which is a brand in itself, is a piece of hardware incredibly put in together by the world famous, Apple Inc.
iPhones are really something with all that much functionality, styling, reliability and not to mention, pricing. iPhones are priced at a point where most android pricing ends and with that much initial costs, costly repairs are a no-brainer. Most of iPhones break after falling either from a ledge or slipping through grips.


iPhone screens are most vulnerable to such falls and when a person visits the service center for fixing those broken screens, they are welcomed with costs and time. Time taken to replace an iPhone screen can vary but mostly, it is not like going in with a broken screen and leaving with fixed screen after an hour or so. Mostly, this time is between 3-4 days varying between areas.

Luckily for us iPhone users, Apple Inc. has announced that till the final quarter of 2017, they will be installing GLASS REPAIR MACHINES at service centers in 25 countries including Minneapolis, Miami, Sunnyvale to name a few.
Apple has confirmed that this decision was not based on any legal act and although glass repair may seem like a small business, it is a multi million giant industry and Apple will be trying to profit from the industry. This will be a major change for Apple.
The change also comes as eight U.S. states have launched "right to repair" bills aimed at prying open the tightly controlled repair networks of Apple and other high-tech manufacturers.

The initial rollout aims to put machines in 200, or about 4 percent, of Apple's 4,800 authorized service providers worldwide over the next few months. The company plans to double that figure by the end of the year. 
Any mall repair kiosk can replace a cracked iPhone screen. Apple says its customers can get their devices fixed at non-authorized shops without voiding their warranties as long as the technician caused no damage.
For security, only Apple's fix-it machine can tell the iPhone's processor, its silicon brain, to recognize a replacement sensor. Without it, the iPhone won't unlock with the touch of a finger. Banking apps that require a fingerprint won't work either, including the Apple Pay digital wallet. 


Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones worldwide, many to customers who don't live near an Apple Store or an authorized third-party repair center. 
For fixes, many have turned to mom-and-pop shops and independent technicians that now dominate the trade. Research firm IBISWorld estimates the global cell phone repair business generates about $4 billion in revenue per year. 
Many of these entrepreneurs do good work. Some don't. All use copycat parts because Apple, like other major manufacturers, doesn't supply original parts or repair manuals to anyone but authorized service partners. 

Big companies defend this arrangement as the only way they can guarantee high-quality repair work and keep hackers away from the proprietary software that makes their products tick. 
Consumer advocates, however, say their aim is to wring outsized profits from repairs. Independent technicians often charge less than the cost of a factory fix. 
Enter right-to-repair bills. New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming have introduced legislation looking to aid small shops and do-it-yourself tinkerers. 

These proposed measures would require manufacturers to supply repair manuals, diagnostic tools and authentic replacement parts at fair prices to independent technicians and the general public. 

Apple got into the screen-fixing business just three years ago with the introduction of the iPhone 5. Up until then, customers whose phones were out of warranty paid a "repair" fee, but Apple simply replaced the entire phone. 
Apple says its process aims to make the display look like it just came out of the box. To demonstrate, the company allowed Reuters to observe the Horizon Machine at a repair lab in Sunnyvale, California.

We thank our information partner GIZMODO for sharing such valuable information.
To know more how the repair machine will work, check article on GIZMODO's website.

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