Repairing the iPhone 8’s glass back costs more than a smashed screen

If you’ve picked up an iPhone 8 or its larger iPhone 8 Plus counterpart today, one of the first orders of business will be a screen protector.

Cracking the screen can be an expensive business, and even if you have Apple Care+ you must pay $29/£25 upfront for a replacement.

However, believe it or not, breaking the fancy new glass back on the iPhone 8 will do more damage to your wallet.

Related: iPhone 8 Plus review

Rather than counting as a screen break, it’ll fall under the “other damage” fee which is $99/£79 (via Apple Insider).

AppleCare+ users get two heavily discounted screen replacements and two incidences of other damage at $99/$79 a pop, when they purchase Apple Care+.

AppleCare+ $129/£129 for the iPhone 8 and £149/$149 if you opt for the iPhone 8 Plus.

Out of warranty… out of money

Without Apple Care+ the “other damage” fee is £356.44 and £406 for the iPhone 8 Plus.

The out-of-warranty screen repair is £156.44 and £174 respectively. So, Apple Care is still worth it… just about.

Apple is yet to reveal the service prices for the iPhone X, which is out on November 3 with pre-orders commencing on October 27.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales commenced today. Stock levels appear to be good, perhaps a sign that many early adopters are holding out for the iPhone X.

Related: iPhone 9

Have you grabbed a new Apple smartphone today? What are your first impressions? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

Grab these great Prime Day savings
Save £40 on the Kindle Paperwhite
£160 off the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think.