Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:APPL) iPhone 5s owners need not despair in the event of an accident that cracks the screen of their smartphones. The Cupertino, California-based company plans to add iPhone 5s handsets to its screen replacement program.
Starting Monday, iPhone 5s owners will be able to take their handsets into Apple retail stores in the U.S. or Canada to have broken screens replaced, according to 9to5Mac. A broken iPhone 5s screen will cost about $150 to replace; usually in the event of a broken screen, Apple would charge $269 to replace the device.
A source that also told Apple Insider that the iPhone 5s was being added to Apple’s replacement program detailed that handsets have to be free of water damage and other hardware issues to qualify for repair. Additionally, customers with AppleCare+ would be able to mail in iPhone 5s handsets to be fixed, which would cost $79.
Apple’s in-store repair program began last year with iPhone 5 screen replacements. Later, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c owners could get various components like home buttons, volume rockers and batteries replaced. In January, Apple added iPhone 5c screen replacements to the program.
There is no word on whether the in-house repair program will be extended to Apple retail stores overseas. Apple declined to comment on the upgrade to its screen replacement program.