Why Apple is killing its trade-in program and giving new iPhones to everyone

Apple today announced a major revamp of its warranty programs that’ll likely come as welcome news to plenty of iPhone owners. The company’s current iPhone trade-in program, which allows you to turn in your…

Why Apple is killing its trade-in program and giving new iPhones to everyone

Apple today announced a major revamp of its warranty programs that’ll likely come as welcome news to plenty of iPhone owners.

The company’s current iPhone trade-in program, which allows you to turn in your old device and then get a new iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR, will no longer be offered. Instead, iPhone owners can have their old phones repaired at any Apple retail store or authorized service center.

The company’s much-maligned free phone battery replacement program is also being phased out. Instead, customers can get a new battery for their device at any Apple retail store or authorized service center.

Apple’s new iPhone repair program is aimed at addressing issues of cracked glass or major dents in the devices’ edges. The company said it will continue to offer a new screen repair, if you need one for either aesthetic reasons or if the device has an outside print that can scratch it.

The program has a few twists that will presumably help expedite the process.

Apple’s in-store repair program and fix will take up to two hours. Under the free phone battery replacement program, a new battery could take several hours. If Apple’s new program is successful in lowering in-store wait times, that could give all these old phones a second lease on life.

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