Good News for Clumsy Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone Owners

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Apple Inc. ‘s trade-in program currently does not accept iPhones with damaged screen or other significant damage such as the camera. However, this won’t last for long, says a report from to 9to5Mac.

Not all iPhones eligible

This week onwards, Apple will begin accepting iPhones with a broken display, camera or buttons, the report said. The report notes that the damage must be considered within reason, i.e. if someone has a smartphone run over by a truck or tossed off a building or something major of that sort has happened, then it won’t qualify for the trade-in program.

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9to5Mac states that the customers can expect trade-in values around $50 for an iPhone 5S, $200 for a 6, and $250 for a 6 Plus. These trade-in prices could go higher depending on the devices storage. Apple Inc. hopes that by adding more leniency to the trade-in program, it will encourage more customers to take advantage of it eventually.

Apple’s iPhone trade-in program is running for some time now, and allows the customers to hand over their old iPhone or any other smartphone to Apple in exchange for a gift card, which they can spend to buy a newer iPhone.

Apple now installs iPhone screen protector

Apple Store employees now have the permission to install screen protectors on the iPhones using TrueClear Pro machines made by Belkin. Apple doesn’t really sell any great screen protectors for the iPhones, and it seems as if they will only install the products that the customers buy right there at the store.

Apple Store employees in Japan have received specialized Belkin-branded tools for installing the iPhone screen protectors in-store, says a report from Mac Otakara. The process is quite straightforward with a minimal scope of error. Installation setup from Belkin includes a plastic clamshell case with alignment guides cut specifically for the iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus handsets.

The iPhone needs to be put on one side of the machine, and the protector on the other side. Both the pieces are brought together, when the device is closed, exposing the adhesive layer of the protector, thereby bonding it to an iPhone’s screen.

TrueClear Pro machines work well with Belkin’s first-party protectors, lowering the possibility of protector misalignment that ultimately leads to cutting down material costs. In case, a customer is not satisfied with the results, then it is expected that Apple Inc. will make another try with another protector without charging any extra amount for it.

At 11.10 EST, Apple shares were down 1.70% at $94.99. Year to date, the stock is down almost 10% while in the last one-year, it is down almost 21%.

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both marketing and Finance side. He has work as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, playing PC games and cricket.

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