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.

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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.

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