Repairing a broken iPhone 8 glass back costs considerably more than replacing its screen


Sure, you can't accuse Apple of reaching dizzying new heights when it comes to the design of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but there's no denying that the addition of a glass back shakes things up a bit. The glass makes the phones look shinier and prettier (unless you're not into that, of course), but it also comes with one major drawback — fragility.

And yes, Apple claims this is "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone," but that still doesn't mean it's even remotely as durable as the aluminum found in models from the last five years or so. Or in other words, the risk of breakage in the event of an accidental drop has just increased.

And while you might think this isn't such a big deal, considering the relatively low cost of replacing an iPhone screen, it appears those same prices will not apply to the glass on the rear of the 8 and 8 Plus. Or in other words, a replacement for a broken back costs way more than one for a cracked screen.

Accodring to Appleinsider, multiple Apple employees have confirmed a broken glass back will be covered under the "other damage" category. So users of Apple's $129 AppleCare+ program will have to shell out an additional $99 for a broken back, instead of the considerably smaller $29 cost for a screen replacement. Meanwhile, "other damage" costs for everyone else are $349 for the smaller iPhone 8 and $399 for the 8 Plus — half the devices' respective asking prices.

Appleinsider speculates this may be due to the difficulty of removing the glass plate, which uses a lot of glue in order to stay fixed to the metal shell. In any case, we imagine this decision will bring us right back into the iPhone 4 and 4s era, where broken glass backs were the norm, not the exception.

source: Appleinsider

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17 Comments

1. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Designed to be covered up

9. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

No worries, Apple use the strongest glass for their lastest flagship.. /shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unTZYFHExRs td;dw it break after 1st drop, and glass chunk flying after 5th drop (note8 finish all 10 drops like a boss)

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Will check that YouTube link real quick!

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well, Apple knows how to make and milk money out of their susceptible sheep. This is by far the most blatant attempt and the sheep are still going to fall for it.

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Only at Apple...

7. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

is it me or is PA bombarding nonstop iphone articles? look at the main page. 10 out of 20 articles is about apple/iphone. wtf @phonearena biased much? disgusting and pathetic. where are note 8 and v30 articles. fake aszzes!

12. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Don't u know how much apple pays its media/tech sites stooges to promote its products?

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1554; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

The new phone usually has a ton of articles, Note 8 had plenty of them a few weeks ago.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1880; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Wtf is wrong with plastic or kevlar or carbon fiber ? I would choose plastic instead of glass without even blinking.

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1661; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

that's not what people said about the galaxy s5. people want something so they can show off to others and a phone with a plastic back, although useful, does not call itself premium. carbon fiber on the other hand does look cool.

10. maherk

Posts: 6830; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The thing is that you can always cover your glass phone with a nice plastic cover, but you can't do the opposite.

11. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I prefer plastic too but majority don't. They want nice looking phones made with premium(BS) fragile glass.

4. gigicoaste

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

and that just because, according to PA, the price of the phone is so high due to the pricey display made by Samsung and not because that is Apple strategy: ripoff own clients. LE: "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone," sure.. took 3 drops to crack.. In the end I think they do it

6. gigicoaste

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

... on purpose saying is durable while users either are testing or not putting a skin on it thinking how durable it is. Apple will make money after all!!

8. blackwildboar84

Posts: 14; Member since: May 13, 2017

a strong case will suit this 8 series design lol

15. sissy246

Posts: 7106; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Damn, that's half the price of the phone.

17. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

just buy a 5 dollar cover for the back and you saved 350. Who in their right mind pays that to fix it? stupid move from Apple

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