The screens on today's smartphones are big and beautiful, but also fragile enough to crack if dropped on a hard surface. The iPhone is no exception, and an estimated 23% of iPhones out there are in use with their screens cracked by accident.
Fixing an iPhone's screen isn't cheap, but at least it is not going to be as frustrating and time-consuming as before. That's because Apple will now repair iPhone 5 screens at its retail stores – a service that is expected to save Apple a billion dollars worth of expenses annually.
Users who want to have their iPhone 5's display fixed will be charged $149, or $49 in case they have signed up for an AppleCare+ plan (priced at $99 for 2 years). Both cracked screens and multitouch issues will be addressed with the service. The price may seem steep, but it is actually comparable to what third-party repair shops charge for the same service.
Apple is expected to start offering additional in-store repair services in July of this year. These include fixing the iPhone 5 camera, buttons, or logic board.