iPhone owners will no longer need to go through hell to get their precious screens fixed. Apple (AAPL) has agreed to install its proprietary repairing machines in about 400 authorized third-party repair centers spanning 25 countries, according to Reuters, in a bid to reduce long waiting times and appease some of the millions of iPhone users living in places where such stores currently don’t exist.

Apple executives told Reuters that they plan to roll out the 400 machines by the end of the year. Shops in countries where Apple has no retail presence, such as Columbia, Norway and South Korea, are expected to be early recipients, together with a Minneapolis-based Best Buy (BBY).

This move represents a sharp U-turn for Apple. Until now, the company has restricted the use of its Horizon Machine, which is designed to repair particularly complicated issues, such as when fingerprint sensors get damaged, to nearly 500 stores and mail-in repair centers, driven by fears that somebody would steal its design. (See also: Pacific Crest: Sell Apple, Buy Alphabet.)

However, Apple now accepts that waiting times in the few locations that offer official screen fixing services have grown out of control, leading many iPhone owners, as well as those without an authorized store nearby, to turn to independent technicians. As Apple, like many of its peers, only supplies original parts and repair manuals to authorized centers, many of these technicians are incapable of fixing iPhones to the correct standards. If damage is caused during this process, warranties are voided.

Legislation Not a Factor

Company executives told Reuters that the decision to widen the reach of the Horizon Machine was not influenced by recent legislation. Eight U.S. states launched a "right to repair" bill in a bid to put an end to high-tech manufacturers closely guarding their repair networks to the detriment of customers.

The bill seeks to enable unauthorized stores to buy the parts they need and gain access to official manuals. (See also: 3 Announcements From Apple's Developer Conference.)

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