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Going the Apple route isn’t the only way to get your old iPad fixed, however. There are other service providers you can seek out, and according to Apple, there is also a network of more than 5,000 Apple-certified technicians, known as Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASP), who might be able to repair an obsolete device. But Apple Insider warns that even certified technicians are limited by the availability of parts from third-party sources.
Not only that, but these types of repairs are not necessarily cost-effective. And according to One Zero, it will likely be difficult to get a third-party service provider to agree to repairing a vintage or obsolete device. “The AASPs I’ve spoken to in the past have told me they don’t bother with customers looking to repair older devices,” Rob Link, a right-to-repair advocate who owns a company that sells repair parts for older devices, including older iPads, told OneZero.
But Link also added, “I don’t believe I ever ran into an Apple device I couldn’t find a part for somewhere in the world. This is true today with most of the top tier independent repair shops.”