Apple may soon offer you a trade-in credit for your busted-up old iPhone

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Apple’s in the business of buying old iPhones. Maybe the company doesn’t quite position it like that, but if your iPhone isn’t ancient (iPhone 4 or newer), Apple will offer you a little cash when trading in your old model for the purchase of a new one – from as little as $100 in the case of the iPhone 4, to as much as $350 for a iPhone 6 Plus (and that’s not even touching on the new lease program). But while Apple’s happy to take a used-but-in-good-condition iPhone off your hands, the situation quickly starts going south when you’re talking about a damaged phone. Now a new rumor claims that Apple’s about to stop turning damaged phones away altogether, and will begin welcoming them as trade-ins.

Understandably, Apple’s expected to offer quite a bit less money when we’re talking about a damaged phone. Instead of maybe $200 for an iPhone 5S in good condition, we’re looking at more like $50 for one with a busted screen or non-responsive buttons. But if you’d rather not deal with getting a phone you don’t even want anymore fixed up prior to selling it (and who wants that headache?), this program sounds like it could be right up your alley.

There’s no word if this change to the trade-in program will also apply to tablets.

Beyond the new trade-in program for damaged hardware, we hear that Apple’s in the process of starting in-store installation services for the application of new third-party screen protectors. That’s reportedly rolling out right now, and should hit more and more Apple retail stores over the course of the next few weeks.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!