The next time you take your broken iPhone to the Genius Bar, the repair could be carried out in China. Foxconn, one of Apple’s biggest manufacturing partners, was just granted approval to perform iPhone repairs at a second facility in Shanxi.
Foxconn has been assembling new iPhones since the original made its debut in 2007. The company is also responsible for building a whole host of other Apple products, including the iPad, iPod, and many Macs.Now, Foxconn has been permitted by its local government to carry out maintenance services on the iPhone at a second facility in China. It first started repairing Apple’s smartphone back in March at a factory in Henan.
This helps Apple save around 40 percent on the cost of its smartphone maintenance services, according to Chinese newspaper Economic Daily News.
Of course, many repairs will still be carried out by the Genius Bar so that you don’t have to wait two weeks to get your screen repaired in China. However, if your handset is replaced by Apple, then the broken one can be sent back to Foxconn to be repaired and resold.