Apple to launch in-store iPhone repairs?

Apple to launch in-store iPhone repairs?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?

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 9, 2013 at 18:13

"No, Sir, you screen didn't break. You put on the case the wrong way around. Bear with me while one of our engineers ...."

Certinfy  Nov. 9, 2013 at 23:45

Took my iPhone 5 in 2 months ago because of a dead pixel and they replaced it. The replacement also had a dead pixel which I took it on Wednesday and they replaced the screen for me which took 45 minutes. The guy next to me had something wrong with his battery which they told him they would replace the battery for him in half an hour. So definitely seems like this is the way they're going about things now.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 10, 2013 at 10:21

I was making fun above, but other companies could lern a lot. I had a one week old HTC Desire HD with a broken volume rocker. Vodafone replaced it with a HTC refurb that had a broken battery cover. Then sent to HTC who replaced it 2 weeks later with a refurb with a scratched screen.

A year later I bricked an out-of-warranty jailbreak iPhone. Vodafone just shrugged. Apple fixed it free of charge in 24 hours

loofer  Nov. 11, 2013 at 09:28

A year later I bricked an out-of-warranty jailbreak iPhone. Vodafone just shrugged. Apple fixed it free of charge in 24 hours

I'm surprised you even tried knowing it was out of warranty. I thought it was a complete no -no to out of warranty devices.
Surely couldn't have juts been goodwill.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 11, 2013 at 10:05

It was a week out - I actually just travelled to Apple store to see if they would be able to fix it asap. Didn't expect a freebie.


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