Re: Minus Glue
Apple will not allow a 3rd party shop to become authorized if they stock parts for common models, like screens and batteries or connectors.
The law says they have no choice.
In addition, apple wants rather a lot of information about the customer who has the broken device, information they really don't need for something as simple as a screen or battery swap.
Again, the law (GDPR) says uh uh, no, not if the customer doesn't want the shop to pass on the information.
My colleague runs a repair business on the side. He usually has a next-day turnaround and it is cheap - around 30-40€ for an iPhone battery replacement. Although the iPhone 12 screens are horrendously expensive.
Given that the next Apple store is an 8 hour round-trip and the other (official Apple) alternative is sending it away is 2 weeks, small, local independents who provide a couple of hour turn around or next-day are very welcome.
The national news did an investigation of repair centres recently. They prepared phones (specific defects, either minor or major) and took phones to half a dozen dealers. 5 of them spotted the smaller problems (loose cables). 3 of them repaired at no charge, for pushing the cable back in, 1 charged a standard 20€ inspection fee, and the last one tried to fob the customer off with the phone needing a new display.