Parents Rejoice: Apple Will Finally Let You Trade In Your Broken iPhone

by Maria Guido

Apple is finally offering trade-ins on iPhones with broken screens

Parents, rejoice! Apple is finally changing their trade-in policy to include cameras with cracked screens and broken cameras and buttons. That phone your kid dropped is no longer worthless.

We all let our kids play with our phones, right? This isn’t something we all need to pretend we’re not doing anymore, is it? When I upgraded my last phone, the broken screen made it impossible to trade in, which is a serious bummer considering the cost of those things. Now, it looks like Apple is finally realizing those screens are a pain in the butt and everyone breaks them constantly.

Customers will be able to trade in iPhones with damaged screens, cameras, and buttons for credit toward newer models at Apple Retail stores. They are also launching a new program that allows Apple Retail Stores to install screen protectors on iPhones. Good idea. It would be even better if they could figure out how to make a glass that didn’t break so damn easy.

From 9to5Mac:

“Starting this week, the updated program will allow Apple Stores to give credit for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus units with damaged displays, cameras, and buttons within reason. Apple believes that this new program will encourage new iPhone upgrades versus a standard iPhone screen repair… Sources say that the current trade-in values for this program are: $50 for a 5s, $200 for a 6, and $250 for a 6 Plus.”

Well, that is certainly better than nothing. The last phone I broke had a small crack at the top of the screen so I was able to tape it and give it to my four-year-old as a toy. Do you think he wanted that old thing? Nope. He wanted my shiny new phone, as any genius should. A small crack used to render iPhones worthless — if you weren’t up to putting in any effort.

Sure, you could probably sell it on Ebay, craigslist, try to pawn it off on your not-so-tech-savvy mom. But it’s good to know there’s a way for those of us who can barely fit a trip the to grocery store into our days to get it done while we’re upgrading to our new phone.

The easier the better. That’s every parent’s motto – right?