It happened yesterday, and it's so necessary we can't even stand it. According to 9to5Mac, Apple's in the process of launching a new broken iPhone upgrade and screen protector installation program.

Raise your hand if your iPhone's screen is cracked, or if you know someone whose iPhone's screen is cracked. If you're anything like us, your hand just shot up so fast.

That's why it's great that Apple's launching a group of retail initiatives that include an upgraded iPhone trade-in program for phones with damaged screens, cameras, or buttons. 

They're also launching a new program to allow Apple Retail Stores to install screen protectors on iPhones.

Basically, Apple finally realized that all these cracked screens are a real problem, and that they should actually do something about it.

Apple's current policy, the one they're updating, allows a customer to bring in an older iPhone model and trade it for credit toward the purchase of a newer model. These trade-ins did not allow customers to acquire credit for damaged phones. Under the new initiative, that will change.

This week, the new program will allow Apple Stores to grant credit for iPhones 5s, 6, and 6 Plus with damaged displays, cameras, and buttons, within reason.

Apple hopes the new program will encourage customers to buy the new iPhone rather than just paying for a screen repair.


This is pretty good news, because who wouldn't want the newest iPhone model? Especially because in some cases, under the new program, buying the newest iPhone could be cheaper than repairing an old device.

The current trade-in values for the program are $50 for a 5s, $200 for a 6, and $250 for a 6 Plus.

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Does this mean you can crack your phone? No, it doesn't. You should definitely still put a case on your phone, and avoid cracking it if you can.

However, this definitely means that cracked iPhones are much less devastating than they were before. Now, cracked phones might even help customers acquire the newest iPhone models in exchange for their cracked phones, which is great news for everyone.

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[via 9to5Mac] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]