Apple announced that it would plant hundreds of machines that repair iPhone 8 displays in multiple locations worldwide by the end of the year, enabling customers to repair their damaged handsets easier. Per Reuters, the tech giant will equip more than 400 repair centers in two dozen countries with the machines dubbed ‘Horizon.’
Experts estimate that fixing broken displays generate up to $2 billion in extra revenue for the company. The announcement was made after several U.S. states challenged tech companies’ restrictive repair policies.
Horizon machines are now targeted by “right to repair” legislation in eight states. Until the new legislation was passed, the iPhone maker placed the machines in its own stores, and rarely admitted their existence.
Repair Machines Needed for More Complex iPhone 8 Repairs
However, Apple said that the right-to-repair bills were not the cause for the decision. A spokesperson for the tech firm said the move is part of a larger quest to expand global outreach. The company also said that the move was necessary to reduce wait times for customers seeking to repair their broken phones.
Apple enables independent repair shops to fix the devices without voiding the warranty. Yet, the repair machines are needed when the repairs are more complicated for instance, when a phone needs its fingerprint sensor replaced because the handset’s processor won’t accept any type of replacement.
According to a separate report, Apple’s plan consists in two phases. In a first phase, it wants to outfit 200 of its authorized independent repair shops with the Horizon machines, with an extra of 200 repair centers being outfitted by the end of the year as a second phase.
The first stores to receive the machine are the Best Buy stores located in Sunnyvale, Calif., and the Miami area, Fla. Sources told Reuters that the machines are so advanced that they can repair and access any component of the phones and fix the operating system itself and probably access proprietary software.
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