This could be an opportunity for Apple to do something positive. Instead, they chose to continue their "walled garden" approach to lock out any outside group. Apple could easily certify a handful of repair shops to perform such recovery-only services with the full understanding that these devices not be put back into service. But, Apple sees this only as a liability. Perhaps they are afraid someone would sue them if their data could not be retrieved because they certified the shop. We have no way of really knowing. We can, however, raise our voices to Apple to say this is not right, and we can vote with our dollars to not accept poor Apple product and services as official edict.Why? I note iPad Rehab's price list says, "Water damaged phones are taken in for Data Recovery only", which suggests that they aren't usually repairable back to usability – so it isn't like Apple will lose a sale of a new iPhone if the user manages to get their data back. And of course, the question: If a part-time home shop in a small town in New York can recover data off 95% of damaged iPhones, why can't Apple? Doesn't compute.