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iPhones with smashed screens may soon be eligible for trade-in

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Apple will begin accepting broken iPhone handsets in part-exchange for new devices, according to a report on Thursday.

9to5Mac sources say Apple's Reuse and Recycle program will be expanded within the next week to incorporate devices with broken screens, cameras and buttons.

If the report is accurate, iPhone 5s/6/6 Plus owners will be able to cash in their busted device in order to grab the latest iPhone 6S/6S plus models.

The sources say Apple Stores can use discretion and damages will need to be 'within reason' so you won’t be able to walk in with a crushed handset.

However, it may be enough to convince existing customers to upgrade rather than pay for a repair.

According to the report, handset owners can expect to get $50 for an iPhone 5s, $200 for an iPhone 6 and $250 for an iPhone 6S. Users with greater storage on the device can expect more.

There’s no word yet on what that would mean for UK customers.

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Meanwhile, Apple is also set to begin installing screen protectors for Apple Store customers on request.

One of the most finicky tasks the modern tech user has to encounter, this service is sure to be greeted enthusiastically by iPhone owners with two left thumbs.

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