With mail-in repairs, for example, one shop told us that compensation does not cover administrative expenses, while another told us it charges a premium to cover the expenses that Apple does not. "If iPhone repair were our only function, I'm not sure that we could survive on the compensation received from Apple, especially for mail in repair," said one source. Jim from San Jose's Cellular Repair Center told us he's reached out to Apple two or three times about the Apple Authorized Service Provider program and hasn't heard back. He has an open mind about joining, but is a little lukewarm on

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