It just got easier to get your Mac computer repaired. Apple just announced that it is expanding its Mac repair program to include third-party repair stores. It will now provide official parts and training to qualifying shops.
Apple has recently been expanding its repair options. It has been verifying third-party iPhone repair shops and partnering with Best Buy for certified repairs. Apple also expanded its repair program throughout Canada and Europe over the past few months where at least 140 businesses with 700 locations have signed up.
Expanded repair service is a big deal. More repair options are convenient for everyone, including those who don’t live near an Apple store or who are nervous about how crowded they’ve become, in light of COVID-19. It is also a victory for right-to-repair advocates, who have long-criticized Apple for limiting who can repair its products and for making its repair program too costly for small businesses to join.