Do you think Apple stores should do in store repairs?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by ipodtouch4ever, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. ipodtouch4ever macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2014
    I heard that Apple is trying to prevent people from going to 3rd party stores to repair their Apple deceives. I think the easiest way would be to offer in store repairs for example screens. Many people do not want to pay the out of warranty fee for a replacement refurbished deceive and would rather pay for a 3rd party store to replace the screen. But if Apple did do in store repairs many people would choose Apple over all the other 3rd party stores to fix their deceives no matter how much Apple charged since they would trust Apple more and the screens would probably be better quality then the ones from 3rd party stores.
  2. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    They do in store repairs....
  3. ipodtouch4ever thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2014
    I think only a few Apple stores in the US do in store repairs and usually they only repair the latest iPhones. I'm talking about in store repairs in other countries and repairing more then iPhones like iPads and iPod Touches.
  4. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    No. I don't think Apple should get into the business of screen replacements on site. It's simply a matter of providing enough service technicians and enough repair space. It's cramped enough back there as it is. Let the AASP's and the 3rd parties handle repairs if they want to.

    In all likelihood, Apple would probably charge you the same for parts + labor as they do for the non-warranty swap, but by giving you a refurbished device, they cut out the labor and increase the turn-around time of your repair.

    And regardless of what Apple does, some 3rd party is always going to find a way to offer their services.
  5. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth

    This way, people would get the mac back sooner..:D

    3-4 days at most covered under AppleCare may not be that good for businesses who need their Mac is they rely on it.

    I mean you do pay $400 or so anyway, so you deserve the service.
  6. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    Too much price factored into this question. Shipping to a control is cheaper than having in store techs do the work.
  7. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    I agree with you that Apple shouldn't do screen replacement on site. But not for the reason you mentioned.

    You only need ONE tech. A skilled tech can easily do 5 machines in an hour for simple swap out. Heck, back when I was an Apple certified repair tech, I fixed a dozen machines a day (more like half a day, since I run out of stuff to do by lunch time). You don't need much space; 2 work benches is plenty (I worked on 3 machines at a time, assembly line style:cool:)

    It's not economically feasible to do on site screen replacement. Apple would be paying a skilled worker $$$ to sit on his tush, twiddling his thumbs for hours a day. And they would have to stock the screens on site. Even 3 of every kind of screen (iPhones, iPods, iPads, MBPs and iMacs) would gobble up ALOT of space. Let's assume each Apple Store stocks 10 iPhone screens for on site replacement. That means the tech would could goldbrick and take 8 hours to replace 10 screens or just get 'r done in 3 hours and then spend the next 5 hours reading and posting on MR.:p
  8. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    I can't speak for all stores, but most of them have a back "Genius" room where techs actually do repairs. Most parts aren't kept in stock, which is why the turn-around time for repairs is usually a couple of days. Things like logic boards screens and case parts are shipped in, and a genius will do the work in back of house.

    On a normal shift, the genius probably isn't sitting on his tush the whole time. The same technicians that perform repairs are also the ones that conduct appointments at the genius bar, so they do a lot of different tasks.

    Apple could do in-store screen replacements for things like iPhones if they wanted to. But in the same vein as your post, the sheer volume of screen repairs coming into an Apple store would require a full-time technician or would eat into the time spent on more skilled repairs.

    I'm sure Apple has done an economic analysis on the whole situation. It's better for all parties if Apple just exchanges the device in store. If a user comes in for a repair, he will pay parts + labor. In all likelihood, Apple charges the equivalent for an out-of-warranty swap. Apple saves money on the labor (paying the Chinese factory), the user gets immediate turn-around, and people who need other repairs don't have to wait while the geniuses replace a hundred broken iPhone displays.

    //I worked for Apple Retail a while ago.
  9. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

    Mr Rabbit

    May 13, 2013
    +1, however all of the stores I've been in (4) have had large service part inventories on hand. Some parts still had to be ordered but more often than not we were able to grab a part from the back. Turn around time was more dictated by repair volume, if we only had 3 or 4 Macs to repair then we'd try to quote same or next day, 25+ Macs to repair then 3-5 days, and so on.

    In regards to repairing iOS devices... They started repairing iPhones in store back in 2009, throughout their retail chain. It started with display replacements on iPhone 3G's and persists through today, where you can have cameras, vibrator motors, batteries, etc replaced as well.

    The problem is that it's not always time efficient to replace the components while the customer waits. All of the iOS repairs are classified as 0-30 repairs, meaning the absolute longest they should take is 30 minutes. The majority can be done within 10-15 minutes by new technicians, 5-10 by seasoned techs. However, add in time for paperwork, appointments running late (see threads about how Apple turned away people who are 3 minutes late, etc), not enough staff to handle volume, etc and you find yourself in a situation where it's worlds easier to just replace the entire device rather than isolate and replace a component. Not to mention, over the years Apple customers have become extremely spoiled in expecting a new device each time they have a minor problem and expect to be in and out within 10 minutes.

    /rant from ex-Genius

    In regards to the OP. Yes, Apple is very strict about not allowing it's AASPs (Apple Authorized Service Providers) to work on iOS devices, whether they are in or out of warranty. Obviously they can't stop non AASPs aside from legal action for using bootleg parts, but they can revoke AASPs certification and cripple the business. The reasoning I always heard for this restriction was that they don't have the same level of quality control over AASPs that they do with their Genius staff, which is absolutely true. I've heard from several sources, who would be in the know, that the iPhone/iPad is the most ESD sensitive device that Apple has produced. During Genius training there is a great deal of time spent emphasizing ESD safety techniques and the potential for ESD damage in even the most minor of repairs. The same training materials are available to AASPs for technicians attaining ACMT certification, but hearing it through in person lectures is much more effective than reading it on a screen. Simply put, the AASP I worked for and the few AASPs I've visited have all been much, much, much more lax about ESD precautions. This has always stood out as the reason Apple goes after AASPs that start offering iPhone/iPad services.

    source - worked as a Genius for several years and as a technician for an AASP that almost had it's certification revoked when they started doing out of warranty iPod/iPhone repair. That AASP can now sell iPhones and offer replacements but they are still barred from actual repairs.
  10. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Thanks, Mr. Rabbit.

    I haven't worked in a store since 2008 as a specialist, so I'm sure several of the policies and practices have changed since then.

    I guess one of the things I was getting hung up on is the AASP vs 3rd party. I know technically the AASP is 3rd party, but it seems like it should be more like 1.5st party, since they are authorized to do warranty repair work. I think of 3rd party as the mall kiosk guys or the people who advertise on craigslist. Didn't realize the rules were different for iPhones & iPads.
  11. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

    Mr Rabbit

    May 13, 2013
    You're right, even though AASPs are 3rd party they still have to bend over backwards for Apple. The true 3rd party are the places that don't work with Apple (the company) at all, they simply repair their devices.
  12. davidblack1 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2014
    But, I just heard that apple is staring to provide these services.

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