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Apple’s $149 in-store iPhone screen replacement service, and the machine that makes it possible


In a move designed to save $1B a year, Apple is now replacing damaged iPhone screens in-store in place of its previous policy of swapping them for a new handset. grabbed this photo of the machine used to calibrate the screens after replacement.

The move is good news for customers too, as out-of-warranty screen replacements will cost $149 instead of the $229 cost of a replacement handset, and you won’t have to restore your data from backup (although you are of course still advised to do a backup before any kind of repair is carried out).

The move raises a question-mark about the value of AppleCare coverage for an iPhone …