At present, Apple seems all too eager to hand out spanking new replacement iPhones, as was the case when my iPhone 5 developed an ever-so-slightly faulty Home button while under warranty. Doesn’t seem like the most efficient way of doing business, but I’m not complaining.
In future, however, Apple is tipped to conduct in-store iPhone repairs, initially encompassing a handful of components for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
Credit here goes to 9to5mac, which in turn credits “sources with knowledge of the upcoming initiative”.
Apple will have the ability to replace screens (taking somewhere in the region of 30 minutes to an hour), volume buttons, the vibrating motor, rear cameras and speaker systems on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
The bog standard iPhone 5c Home button will also be covered, but it’s thought that the iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint scanner will fall outside the in-store replacement remit.
Of course, iPhone repair will be free of charge if you’re covered by warranty or AppleCare, while pricing for those living on the edge include $79 for a battery, $29 for an iPhone 5c Home button, and $149 for a display.
Training and machinery have reportedly begun winging their way to stores, so it mightn’t be long before the initiative becomes a reality. Inevitably it’ll arrive in the US first, but we’re second in the world when it comes to number of Apple stores, so you never know, y’know?