Repairing a broken iPhone 8 glass back costs considerably more than replacing its screen
by Kaloyan C. / Sep 25, 2017, 4:44 AM
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.
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Designed to be covered up
posted on Sep 25, 2017, 4:52 AM 1
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No worries, Apple use the strongest glass for their lastest flagship.. /shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?
td;dw it break after 1st drop, and glass chunk flying after 5th drop (note8 finish all 10 drops like a boss)
posted on Sep 25, 2017, 5:59 AM 10
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Only at Apple...
posted on Sep 25, 2017, 5:06 AM 5
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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!
posted on Sep 25, 2017, 5:47 AM 5
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Wtf is wrong with plastic or kevlar or carbon fiber ? I would choose plastic instead of glass without even blinking.
posted on Sep 25, 2017, 5:16 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 25, 2017, 5:38 AM 1
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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
posted on Sep 25, 2017, 5:37 AM 0
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