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Looks like Apple's living up to all those promises about lower repair costs, after all. Today MacRumors relayed a tip from one of its sources that Apple has already started to replace broken Phone 5 screens at its retail locations rather than switching out entire devices for refurbished units. The replacements cost $149 for customers without AppleCare, which comes as a savings for both consumers and Apple.
As we previously reported, Apple's original announcement of the policy appeared last month, when they projected that the shift would save the company up to $1 billion each year. Previously, swapping out damaged iPhones for refurbished devices would cost $229 for customers without the AppleCare+ warranty, and the new policy agreeably brings the process down by $80.
MacRumors also pointed out that the pricing is competitive. Online repair site Quick iFix, for instance, was forced to change its own prices as a result of the shift, as they were charging $174.99 for replacement displays as recently as last month; now, they're offering them for $139.99.
That's not the only repair change Apple plans to implement. Future in-house individual fixes are scheduled to appear in July, such as repairs for iPhone cameras, logic boards, and sleep/wake buttons. AppleInsider also reports that Apple plans to change its pricing plan for AppleCare as well, utilizing a subscription model determined by the number and types of Apple devices a customer owns.