It seems that enough people have already managed to break their iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c en masse for Apple to start rolling out a way to replace individual phone parts. 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple Stores will soon be able to replace several broken parts of its two new phones in-store, like it can for the iPhone 5.
This will make things a lot more convenient for Apple customers. Right now, the only way for Apple to replace a shattered display, for instance, is to supply you with a full-on replacement phone. That’s fine, but it also means you need to spend a bunch of time backing up the data from your old phone, syncing it to the new one, and basically tweaking the new phone to make sure everything stays the same.
According to the report, Apple will soon be able to replace individual parts, so you’ll still be able to keep your original phone. Touch screen replacement on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c is said to cost $149. (With AppleCare+, you’ll likely only have to pay the $79 service fee.) Apple Stores should also be able to replace your phone’s rear-camera, speaker system, vibrating motor and volume buttons. And while they should be able to replace the Home button on the iPhone 5c, it doesn’t appear this will be possible for the Touch ID button on the iPhone 5s.
Part replacements are said to take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. If you have AppleCare+, any parts replaced due to defects will be free. If you don’t have AppleCare+, new batteries are said to cost $79 and the iPhone 5c home button might be $29.
The parts, machines and manuals to perform replacements are reportedly in place at some Apple stores, so it is likely Apple will begin to offer repairs in the near future.