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New Repair Options For Out-Of-Warranty Apple iPhones

“When a repair is needed, a customer should have confidence the repair is done right"

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

There may soon be more places to get an Apple-sanctioned fix for a cracked iPhone screen.

Apple said Thursday that it will sell tools and parts to independent phone-repair shops in the U.S. and later in other countries. Repairs at these shops, though, will be limited to iPhones already out of warranty.

Customers with in-warranty repairs will still need to visit an Apple store or one of more than 5,000 authorized service providers worldwide, including all Best Buy stores in the U.S. Same goes for repairs on other products, such as Apple Watch and Mac computers, or for more complicated iPhone repairs.

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An Apple iPhone with a cracked screen after a drop test is seen at the offices of SquareTrade in San Francisco. VOA

Though many unofficial repair shops have been offering basic fixes such as screen replacements, they aren’t necessarily using Apple parts or qualified technicians, leading to variations in quality. Now, these shops will be able to buy parts directly from Apple, as long as they have an Apple-certified technician to make those repairs.

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“When a repair is needed, a customer should have confidence the repair is done right,” Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.

With iPhone sales on the wane and people hanging on to their phones longer, Apple is trying to ramp up its services business, with offerings such as music subscriptions. It plans to launch a video streaming service this year. (VOA)

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Apple Plans To Manufacture 116 Million iPhones in First Half Of 2020: Tech Report

The iPhone maker had designed the original SE around the then flagship iPhone 6S, and the device is still manufactured in India

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For the first calendar quarter of 2020, Apple is predicted to build 46 million iPhones of varying models, up 12 per cent year-over-year. In that 46 million are six million "iPhone SE 2" units that Sankar estimates will sell for about $475 each. Pixabay

Apple is mulling to make 116 million iPhones in the first half of the fiscal year 2020, according to a recent estimate by Cohen & Company Inc. analyst Krish Sankar.

A note to investors by Cohen’s Sankar estimates that Apple produced 70 million iPhones for the holiday quarter. Of those 70 million, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models accounted for 74 per cent, or about 52 million.

For the first calendar quarter of 2020, Apple is predicted to build 46 million iPhones of varying models, up 12 per cent year-over-year. In that 46 million are six million “iPhone SE 2” units that Sankar estimates will sell for about $475 each, AppleInsider reported on Monday.

It is being said that the demand for the upcoming iPhone 9 would be likely if Apple manages to price it within the $500 mark, which Sankar claims is highly possible.

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Apple is mulling to make 116 million iPhones in the first half of the fiscal year 2020, according to a recent estimate by Cohen & Company Inc. analyst Krish Sankar. Pixabay

Sankar estimates the low-cost iPhone will be priced at $475, at par with the launch price of the 1st generation iPhone SE.

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The iPhone maker had designed the original SE around the then flagship iPhone 6S, and the device is still manufactured in India. (IANS)