That would be quite a mindset change on the part of Apple.
Last week I was in Paris, needed WiFi access and happened to be close to an Apple shop, so I spent about an hour at a long table where staff (are they still geniuses?) were dealing with customers’ queries about their devices. This was fascinating (and distracting).
For most of the iPhone repairs, customers are asked to come back two hours later to pick up their ‘fixed’ iPhones. However if a sticker had changed colour to signal some water ingress staff couldn’t even change the battery. A customer’s response was that they should then throw their phone in the bin - the customer appeared serious and not saying this against Apple’s policy, weirdly. The staff mentioned very briefly without enthusiasm that if that was the case it could possibly be fixed elsewhere. It was said so unconvincingly that I’m not sure the customer registered that information; at least he didn’t react or comment about it. Another customer had brought a pair of broken in-ear headphones; these were not from Apple but had been bought at this Apple shop a few years earlier. They were out of warranty and the staff offered a replacement for €129 (or maybe it was €149; I don’t remember the exact amount, but it was of this order). A new equivalent headset was likely cheaper. It was a couple, she was using the headphones and he had bought them. The headphones were still working, but one of the earpiece had broken into two. She was pissed off that Apple were basically refusing to repair them. As I had a pack of Sugru in my bag, when the staff had finished I offered it to that customer so she could fix her headphone, an easy job.
There were other similar cases and it was frustrating not helping the customers who didn’t get satisfaction from Apple staff, but I didn’t think I could start talking about the repair community and remain there to finish what I had to using the free Wifi. It did make me think that just outside Apple shops would be good locations to communicate about repair. It’s probably difficult to do as a regular activity, but maybe a stunt could be having a Restart Party on the pavement opposite an Apple shop (there are restrictions on using the pavement, but last time I looked at these charities had many exemptions -though councils’ security staff are often not aware of them).
I also observed from afar a training on using the camera app that was happening at another table and was impressed by its quality. So from an hour in that shop: good skill sharing, dubious repair policies and practices.