Apple announced the cost of repairing the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. For the iPhone 12 Pro, the screen repair price of $ 279 is unchanged from the iPhone 11 Pro last year, despite using a new ceramic toughened glass. However, the base iPhone 12’s screen repair cost of $ 279 increased by $ 80 over the iPhone 11, and the cost of repairing “other damage” increased by $ 50 to 449. $. Repair prices for the iPhone 12 Pro Max and 12 mini have yet to be announced.
For the base iPhone 12, this is a substantial price increase from the $ 199 you would pay to repair the iPhone 11’s screen, likely because it now has an OLED display. rather than an LCD screen. However, for the 12 Pro, that price of $ 279 is the same that Apple charged for screen repairs since the iPhone X in 2017. The price of screen repairs covered by AppleCare Plus insurance plans is unchanged at $ 29.
The new ceramic rugged displays used in the iPhone 12 series, which Apple says are “stronger than any smartphone glass” with four times the resistance to drop damage, do not appear to have caused an increase in prices for buyers, despite a potential reduction. in Apple’s profit margins.
It’s a similar story when it comes to what Apple charges to repair “other damage” like that resulting from liquid, for example. The repair cost for the iPhone 12 Pro is $ 549, which is unchanged from the iPhone 11 Pro. However, the iPhone 12 now costs $ 449, compared to $ 399 to repair the iPhone 11. The price of other repairs covered by AppleCare Plus remains at $ 99.
All in all, repair costs are the same for future iPhone 12 Pro owners, although it’s a shame to see the new base iPhone face more expensive repairs. Hoping that the ceramic shield cover protecting the screens is strong enough to avoid repairs in the first place.