iPhone owners are typically turned away when they show up at Apple stores with dented, cracked or broken phones hoping to get a little money for their not-so-pristine devices. But if a report from 9to5Mac is true, that may be a thing of the past.
Apple’s existing Reuse and Recycle trade-in program requires you to exchange undamaged devices in order to get that sweet store credit, but it seems like the house that Jobs built is finally ready to expand that service to iPhones with a few blemishes.
9to5Mac cites that the new program will cover iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6s models with broken displays, cameras and buttons, although there will be a limit on how non-functioning the device can really be.
Unnamed sources are pegging the trade-in value for the devices at just $50 for an iPhone 5s, but significantly higher at $200 for an iPhone 6 and $250 for a 6 Plus.
Earlier this week, Apple stores began offering installation for official iPhone screen protectors, which should also help owners get a little extra value for their trade-in down the road. There are even new automated machines in some stores that will be adding third-party screen protectors from Belkin, something that Apple refrained from endorsing in the past.
This move seems like an attempt by Apple to regain some of the money it loses when customers flock to third-party services for trading in older, damaged devices. The new money from trade-ins may also help spur new iPhone purchases, which could be very important for Apple after its stock price fell recently despite a taking in a massive 74.6 billion in revenue last quarter.