It's now cheaper to replace a cracked iPhone screen


If you're the clumsy type who drops their phone every so often, you've probably seen your screen shattered on more than one occasion and you know that terrible feeling when you have to shell out a significant sum to get it replaced.

Lucky you: Apple is now charging less for screen replacements for those who have subscribed to its AppleCare+ protection plan. While previously iPhone screen replacements ran at a set price of $80, it now costs just $30 to get your screen replaced with a brand new one. Of course, that requires that you have previously purchased AppleCare+, which alone costs $130 and extends the warranty on your iPhone to two years, and removes a lot of the limitations that come with the original warranty.

Keep in mind that you're only eligible for two screen repairs, and for every other type of damage you will need to shell out a lofty $100.

Then, if you don't get AppleCare+, a screen replacement will run you between $130 and $150, which is a tough pill to swallow.

source: AppleCare+ via 9to5Mac

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9 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Paying $30 for 2 screen replacements requires AppleCare+? So, signing up for AppleCare+ means I'm literally paying in advance for any damage. That isn't really "cheap".

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yep, the only way you save money is to break your screen twice.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Yup cuz Apple Care is already like $129 or more iirc, so a shattered screen twice for $30 is...not bad But THEN you can get yourself a nice tempered screen glass protector for $9.99 on Amazon anyway.

9. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

You can't always get your screen replaced at an Apple store, especially if there's damage to the frame. Just in my small town (less than 10k residents) I replace up to 5 iPhone screens per day at my work, some of which were rejected from Apple because of a bend in the phone or damage to the frame. Pretty much every iPhone I do a screen replacement on has frame damage, and would be rejected by the Apple Store because their stupid robot can't fix the frame first in order for the screen to fit. $30? Who cares. Most can't get their screen replaced by Apple anyway.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Many iFan would have love this potential saving. First pay for the $1000 phone then pay another $99 Apple Care. So I am 100% covered by Apple for damages right?! Wrong!!! Both standard warranty and Apple Care does not cover water damage. If the red dot appear due to moisture, both warranty are void.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You might have heard about the FAMOUS Youtuber Lewis from Unbox Therapy... In this video (Link Below) he tests a tempered glass screen protector that's made with some 'funny stuff' that makes it neigh un-destructible...!!! The manufacturer claims it's HAMMER PROOF... And it pretty much lives up to that claim, honestly... Watch a poor iPhone getting hammered without any sympathy in the link below:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VGRMq-426m4 Clumsy or not, gorilla glass or not... I think everyone, EVERYONE should get a glass screen protector...! Specially when the protector can literally withstand hammering...! G'Day... Wait... It is... iDay!

2. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Yeah, not so cheap as Apple care is quite costly as is.

3. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Still cheaper than buying a new phone but most people would do well by buying a tempered glass screen protector.

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I wonder if Apple low-key implemented a Sapphire glass screen? Prob not.

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