A couple of months ago, Apple launched its iPhone “Reuse and Recycling Program” in US stores, but the option is still absent for consumers in the UK – and indeed throughout wider Europe.
Rumour has it us Europeans might soon be able to take our old iPhones to ye olde Apple shoppe, with the UK right at the front of the queue.
The Reuse and Recycle Program is fairly simple: take your iPhone to an Apple store and instantly get a trade-in price based on the state of your phone, including potential water damage and the condition of the display and what have you.
Said trade-in price is then whacked onto an Apple store gift card, to be used against the purchase of a new iPhone.
At present the Reuse and Recycling Programme is available in the UK online, though it’s reasoned that getting a face-to-face appraisal would be more appealing than sending your phone off and hoping for the best.
As 9to5Mac notes, we have the most Apple stores in any country in the world bar the US, so it stands to reason that we’d be next to see the scheme.
Indeed, training has reportedly started already, and the service might well arrive in time for Christmas.