Apple announced a big shift in service policy in mid-November 2021, allowing device users to repair their own devices using genuine parts and components purchased from Apple’s approved retailers. All fans and tech critics who support the ‘right-to-repair’ movement applauded this.
According to MacRumors, Apple has chosen to reject iPhones judged stolen or missing, citing an internal communication shared with Apple retail personnel and authorized service providers.
Before fixing the device, Apple technicians are expected to check the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) with the GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association) device registration. It is a phone that is lawfully owned.
This is a positive step by Apple because it will make it more difficult for criminals to steal iPhones because they will not be able to resale them to anyone, even retailers, for quick cash. Those who have intentionally or unknowingly purchased a stolen iPhone are the ones who suffer the most if it is damaged and needs to be repaired.