Apple to ignore liquid damage indicator when valuing an iPhone for a trade-in?

Apple to ignore liquid damage indicator when valuing an iPhone for a trade-in?
In a move that seems decidedly un Apple-like, starting this week the Cupertino based tech titan will start ignoring the liquid damage indicator when determining the value of an Apple iPhone for a trade-in. This bit of news comes from anonymous employees who work for Apple's retail division, which means it remains speculation. Before this alleged change, had a trade-in showed water or other liquid damage based on the indicator, the phone would have been considered absolutely worthless as a trade.

Apple still won't let a waterlogged phone be included as a part of a trade-in. While phones that have had their indicator tripped by a small amount of humidity or moisture will be valued as part of a trade, evidence of water in the phone's display, or corrosion in the ports will automatically give the phone no trade-in value. Still, this is an improvement from August when Apple started the program in the U.S.and U.K.

The new looser restrictions against water-damaged handsets will apply to Apple iPhone units involved in trades in the U.S. and U.K.


source: 9to5Mac via MacRumors

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15 Comments

1. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

makes sense I personally feel its time to update this age old technology.

2. Sauce unregistered

Makes troll sense troll i troll personally troll feel troll its troll time troll to troll update troll this troll age troll old troll technology troll. There. Fixed .

3. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

Don't Sensitive, What He Say Is Reality :)

4. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

There butthurt. Fixed butthurt.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Don't think Apple will even update this old technology they don't EVEN support MICRO USB.

5. taikucing unregistered

makes sense. the fruit company uses the cheapest material that's why it's sensitive to a small amount of humidity. corrosion WTF!? Use gold plating like PC motherboard!

7. dspkblympkbl

Posts: 52; Member since: May 23, 2013

Lmao, here's what I read: "Like a PC, mother*****!"

6. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

what it should have been, considering that a person who has never even put their iphone near water will have their indicator fire up.

8. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

wow ok since my comment was misunderstood I will elaborate. To me it makes sense to really look at each phone on a case by case basis. so basically this program gives the technician more flexability when examining the device. How many times has your phone been exposed to elements that would.cause the indicator to go off however true water damage has not occur ed and your screwed out of a device warranty cause some cheesy sticker smeared. Now this means if a tech sees that he or she can lok for other sighns of water damage etc. And as far as being a troll. I get whatever product works for me. I owned an ipod touch and regular back in 2010 but thats it. only Windows Mobile, Anfroid, BlackBerry OS, and Windows phone have ever come through my house interms of mobile communications. So I dont troll and if I dont like apple who cares, its my hard earned money.

9. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I wonder if apple will be reselling these water damaged phones. That would make this new policy a decidedly apple like move. Phones out of the box with scuffs and, now, water damage.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Typical unintelligent fandroid comment. Grow up dude, or at least get some new intelligent material.

12. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Hmmmmm???

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Make sure you reply with that every time I post lol. Troll...

11. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I'd lean a lot more towards Samsung getting higher customer satisfaction ratings pushed Apple to be more generous in this approach.

15. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Or this is to ensure that they are able to show good sales numbers. After all they have to keep selling to the same flock over and over again as high end smartphone market is barely 2% growth i think.

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