Apple will begin offering in-store repairs and replacements for broken iPhone 5c displays starting from Monday, January 20th, 9to5Mac is reporting. The source claims that for a broken display not covered under warranty, the replacement will likely cost $149 which is much less than what an entirely new device would typically cost.
The report also notes that even though Apple has already started conducting iPhone 5c screen replacements in a small number of stores in the United States, next week’s rollout will represent a full-scale launch at all of Apple’s retail regions aside from Hong Kong and Canada. Furthermore, a 5s repair program won’t be ready for a full-scale rollout alongside the iPhone 5c.
“The on-site iPhone 5c display program is perhaps the most convenient way for Apple to offer iPhone screen repairs. If a user has a broken display, the store could fix the screen (typically within an hour) and not need to replace the entire phone. This means that a user can walk in with a broken phone and out with a fixed phone and not have to re-install all of their applications and data.”
Previously, iPhones with broken screens would require whole unit replacements instead of display-only replacements.