Apple To Launch Trade-Ins For Damaged iPhones, Screen Protector Installation In Its Stores
Apple’s existing iPhone trade-in program is getting a boost with a new report claiming that while owners of iPhones with broken screens, buttons or cameras are currently unable to take advantage of trade-in offers, that is all about to change.
It is said that Apple will soon begin offering an amended trade-in policy, called the The Apple Store Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program, to allow those with broken handsets to take advantage of the offer, sources told 9to5Mac. While Apple may be unlikely to accept devices that have taken a beating, the decision to allow devices with any damage at all to be traded in is one that will allow many to take advantage of the iPhone trade-in program where they were previously unable.
Trading in an iPhone 5s will get customers $50 worth of credit, while an iPhone 6 will bring in $200 and an iPhone 6 Plus, $250. With these values in mind, one can think of scenarios where extensive repairs, especially those involving screen replacement, could end up costing users more than buying a new iPhone. Apple believes this will see more users preferring to upgrade over repairing older devices.
Apple Stores will also see another change, with some stores already having machines installed that allow employees to install certain screen protectors onto customers’ iPhones. Previously, Apple’s teams were told not to install screen protectors due to the likelihood of the finished installation looking sub-par due to the difficulty associated with such a task. Now, though, with dedicated machines built to install screen protectors made by specific partners, the chances of a successful installation are greater. If things do go wrong, though, Apple will replace the protector free of charge and attempt installation all over again.
There is no ETA for the roll-out of either of these programs, but some Apple Stores have already had Belkin screen protector installation systems installed.