The iPhone X went on pre-order/sale today, and with it, Apple released some delighted information regarding the phone’s repair pricing. Like the phone X itself, it gets repair pretty expensive. If you don’t have the extended warranty, a screen replacement will cost $279. Here are the details.
If that’s the price for an iPhone X screen replacement, then it’s more than twice the cost of an iPhone 6 screen repair ($129) and about 65% higher than a new iPhone 8 screen ($169). This pricing was originally spotted by MacRumors.
What to do now? You should actually be very much careful with your iPhone, and not to damage an X in any other way. Point to be noted, all other out-of-warranty repairs will cost $549. Again, that’s a lot more than what other recent iPhones cost to repair. For iPhone 8 it costs $349 and 8 Plus repairs cost $399. That means if you crack the glass back of the iPhone X, you might just want to live with it.
If you know you’ll crack the iPhone X screen, AppleCare+ is a good deal
Of course, Apple’s extended warranty, AppleCare+, often looks like a pricey upsell. But for iPhone X buyers, it seems like it might be a necessary safety net.
Apple Care+ – Apple’s warranty costs $199 for the iPhone X (up from $129 for the iPhone 8 and $149 for the 8 Plus). When the warranty is so expensive, warranty service fees (which apply only when Apple is repairing something with “accidental damage”) don’t ever go up at all. So an iPhone X can still get a $29 screen repair if it’s under warranty, and that too, it can still get a $99 repair for anything else under AppleCare+.
Buying AppleCare+ is actually more of a gamble. On the iPhone 8, for instance, paying to replace your broken screen once out of warranty would be cheaper than having to replace your screen once with the warranty.
In fact, the warranty would only be worth it if something else went wrong with your phone within three years.
For the iPhone X, you could crack and replace the screen twice under warranty ($257) and still pay less than a single out-of-warranty screen replacement ($279). Given that you’re spending over $1,000 on the phone, that’s not a bad insurance policy, since it also fully covers repairs for when the device just stops working on its own.
Although it’s not all that surprising to see the repair prices look high. Apple has to go to Samsung to get the OLED panels on the front of the iPhone X. And because Samsung is the only company that can supply those screens, they’re going to be expensive on the other hand. And also they’re likely being supplied in limited quantities – due to production complexities like carving out that notch on top, the price on these is going to be even higher.
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