January 17, 2014
Apple is reportedly set to begin offering iPhone 5c display repairs and replacements in its retail stores early next week. According to 9to5Mac, in-store iPhone 5c screen repairs will be provided starting on Monday, Jan. 20. This plan constitutes a full-scale launch for the service, which has been offered in several stores in the U.S. since a couple of months ago. Last November, it was reported that that iPhone 5s would also get the in-store repair treatment. But it appears that in-store repairs for Apple's flagship handset are going to be rolled out on a large scale at a later date. At any rate, the setup for the iPhone 5s is going to be similarly advantageous when compared with that for the iPhone 5c. As noted by 9to5Mac:
The on-site iPhone 5c display program is perhaps the most convenient way for Apple to offer iPhone screen repairs. If a user has a broken display, the store could fix the screen (typically within an hour) and not need to replace the entire phone. This means that a user can walk in with a broken phone and out with a fixed phone and not have to re-install of their applications and data. Previously, iPhones with broken screens would need whole unit replacements.For a device not under warranty, the screen replacement is said to cost $149, which is much more affordable than the cost of completely replacing a device with a damaged screen. Apple previously launched in-store repairs for the iPhone 5 in June last year, facilitated by a rather impressive screen repair machine that's presumably similar to the one that's set to be used for the iPhone 5c.