I soured on Apple about the time they did away with their 3.5mm Headset jack for their "proprietary" Lightning connector. This would not have been as bad as it was but Apple took away the option of charing your iPhone while listening to wired headphones. They try to convince everyone that their wireless earbuds are as high fidelity as wired but this is a lie.
Glueing in batteries and inventing their own proprietary screws clearly show Apple does not want anyone else fixing their products. I've personally had bad experiences in their stores and have heard horror stories. Not to say there are not unethical 3rd party repair shops but that is the best way to go.
Apple has even threatened legal action against third party companies that publish repair schematics for their products. They have previously done some nasty stuff without disclosing to their customers. The most egregious was probably when they admitted to slowing down performance of older iPhones.
While I prefer the device technology that SAMSUNG Smartphones offer, I'm stuck with Apple because I prefer the stability and security of Apple's iOS. I would never trust them for doing any out of warranty repairs. I have had a number of cases where they told me devices were unrepairable because of water damage and my personal 3rd party Apple expert fixed them easily. For two decades, I have utilized Mobile Fix Center to do all SmartPhone and Computer repair work for myself as well as all of our Dr Wireless clients. If you need any type of Smartphone or computer repair, ask for Jerry Fung. He's the best! You could take your out of warranty work to Apple but why? Here's a good reason not too.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.