Apple’s recycling program is a smart and effortless way to save a few bucks for iPhone owners looking to upgrade to the newest model. Unfortunately, the program has never allowed you to trade in a device that has a damaged screen, faulty buttons, or a broken camera. According to a report from 9to5 Mac, that’s no longer the case.
Apple is said to be gearing up for an expansion of its recycling program. Under the company’s new initiative, users will be able to trade in an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus with reasonable damage. Users who turn in these devices will be offered credits of $50, $200, and $250, respectively. It’s unclear at this time if Apple’s trade-in program will extend this coverage to include the iPad or Apple Watch.
In an effort to prevent you from suffering another broken screen with your next iPhone, Apple stores will now offer to install your screen protector. Apple retail locations will use dedicated machines to ensure the protective accessory is properly applied on the spot. This new in-store perk will be offered in partnership with Belkin, with other screen protector manufacturers possibly coming on board at a later date. If the machine botches the application of your screen protector, Apple will replace it with another one free of charge.
This change of heart on Apple’s part is intended to benefit the company as much as the consumer. Apple is of the belief that allowing the customer to trade in their older, damaged iPhone will incentivize people to buy a brand-new one instead of simply replacing the screen or damaged components.
The inclusion of damaged iPhones in Apple’s trade-in program goes into effect today at select Apple stores worldwide. The tech giant’s remaining retail locations are expected to follow in short order.
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