Apple Stores to start repairing iPhone 5c screens next week

iOS 7 teaser (iPhone 5c ad 007)

Apple will begin conducting in-store screen repairs for the iPhone 5c next week, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The site says that under the new practice, the company will be able to repair most displays ‘within the hour.’

This means that Apple Stores will no longer have to replace an entire device due to a cracked screen. And the initiative will not only help Apple save money on repairs, but it’ll also save users from having to setup new devices…

9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has more details:

“Apple has begun conducting iPhone 5c screen replacements in a small number of stores in the United States over the past couple of months, but the January 20th rollout will represent a full-scale launch in all of Apple’s retail regions aside from Hong Kong and Canada.”

Gurman says that broken displays that aren’t covered under warranty will likely cost $149 per device to repair. For phones that do have AppleCare, it seems probable Apple will charge $75 per device like it does with the iPhone 5.

iphone repair machineThe machine Apple Stores use to replace iPhone 5 displays

It doesn’t look like the iPhone 5s is going to join the 5c in next week’s rollout, but Apple still plans to offer on-site screen repairs for the popular handset in the near future.