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Apple wants to buy back your damaged iPhone

by Brandon Russell | February 5, 2016February 5, 2016 7:00 am PDT

Don’t give up on your damaged iPhone just yet—Apple wants to give you money for it. A new report from 9to5Mac claims Apple will launch a program that will allow iPhone owners to trade-in their damaged device, even handsets with cracked screens.

Apple already offers a trade-in program, but it only accepts devices in good to moderate condition. This new initiative, however, will see Apple buy back devices with damaged displays, buttons and cameras. If you’ve been wanting to upgrade your phone, might as well get some credit from your old one, damaged or not.

9to5Mac says the program is kicking off “this week,” when Apple stores accept the three iPhone models: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The report claims Apple will offer prices ranging from $50 all the way up to $250, depending on how busted your device is. Stores will apparently only accept phones with reasonable damage, and not something that has been smashed to hell.

The apparent hope is that rather than paying to fix their device’s screen, iPhone owners will simply decide to upgrade instead. The timing of the new trade-in program may come out of desperation from Apple as it looks to boost sales over the next few months. CEO Tim Cook recently warned there would be a decline. Also important is the fact that Apple is rumored to launch a more affordable iPhone this March.

9to5Mac

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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