GADGET DESIGNER Apple's Reuse and Recycling programme went live in the UK on Monday, allowing users to trade-in their old iDevices.
The scheme is now live on Apple's UK website, allowing users to trade in their old iPhone, iPad and Macbook devices for credit to spend on Apple products.
If you have a pristine 16GB iPhone 5 for example, that can be handed over with all the accessories and is network unlocked, Apple will write you a credit for £220. However, if that device is scuffed and locked to an operator, that price falls dramatically to £55. If you have an undamaged iPad Mini, for example, Apple will offer you £185, but if the back cover has attracted scratches, that drops to £129.50.
Apple will send you out a prepaid envelope if you go through the online process, and the trade-in service is also available in-store. While Apple's scheme doesn't offer as much as other recycling programmes, this means users can hand over their ageing iPhone in an Apple store to get an immediate discount on the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C, for example.
An Apple spokesperson said, "iPhones hold great value. So, Apple Retail Stores in the UK are launching a new program to assist customers who wish to bring in their previous-generation iPhone for reuse or recycling.
"In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive a credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone."
If that sounds attractive to you, it might be time to upgrade to that new iPhone. µ