According to new reports, Apple's Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program will start accepting damaged devices.
First reported by Apple news site 9to5Mac, Apple will soon expand its iPhone trade-in program to include handsets with broken screens or damaged buttons. Currently, the Apple Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program allows customers to bring in an older iPhone model for credit on a new iPhone but this has not applied to devices with display, camera, or button damage. According to 9to5Mac's sources, this is going to change starting this week. With the new program, customers will be able to trade-in iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus units with damage "within reason." Trade-in values are believed to be $50 for a 5s, $200 for a 6, and $250 for a 6 Plus under this new program. A good condition iPhone 6 will get you $300 in credit, for comparison. The Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program appears to have implemented these changes at the time of writing.
In addition to expanding the trade-in program to accept some damaged devices, Apple will start selling official plastic screen protector installations on its smartphones. Apple has partnered with Belkin, and possibly other screen protector makers, to bring dedicated screen protector installation machines to its stores. Prior to this program, which is rolling out in select stores this week, Apple Stores were told to not perform screen protector installations. With this initiative, Apple will offer a free screen protector replacement and re-attempt the installation if the machine fails to install it properly the first time.
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