It looks like Apple is preparing to offer iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c screen repairs, along with a number of further handset repairs, in Apple Retail Stores.
The news means that Apple will be able to replace aspects of both new handsets in-store, on-site, and as such faulty smartphones should no longer need to be fully replaced (unless it is absolutely necessary).
The news comes from 9to5mac, which explains:
The sources say that Apple will be providing its stores with special machinery to replace the touchscreens on both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. These machines will be used specifically to calibrate the displays. The screen replacements cost $149 for each device, and this price point is significantly more affordable than the several-hundred dollars required to completely replace a device with a damaged/cracked screen.
Apple will also be able to replace “the volume buttons, vibrating motor, rear-camera, and speaker system on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c,” the publication adds.
Though the iPhone 5c Home button looks to be replaceable in-store, too, the same cannot be said of the Touch ID-equipped Home button in Apple’s iPhone 5s handset.
It seems that replacing the fingerprint-scanning button, which is protected by sapphire glass and is surrounded by a metallic finger detector, is naturally more of a complex task.
If your iPhone is under AppleCare warranty, repairs are free. Otherwise a fee will be required depending on the nature of the repair or replacement.
We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.
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