Apple is bringing its proprietary screen repair machines to third-party repair centers, according to Reuters. The “Horizon Machine” can fix screen cracks or repair broken sensors, which would prevent the user from using thumbprint authorization.
The Horizon Machines were previously available at Apple’s retail stores and mail-in facilities but now the tech giant hopes to have the machines installed in 400 third-party locations in 25 countries, according to Reuters. Pilot testing of the repair center machines started last year. Best Buy stores will serve as one of the major Horizon Machine centers since the stores already sell and offer repair services for Apple devices.
The Horizon Machine news follows the Worldwide Developer Conference announcement that AppleCare will now include two types of accidental damage coverage for Macs. Convenient and affordable repairs could drive more customers to Apple products, notes Seeking Alpha.