GADGET DESIGNER Apple is readying its shops to offer an in-store screen repair service for its slightly cheaper iPhone 5C smartphone, according to reports.
Apple rumour website 9to5Mac cited 'multiple sources' to report that the service will see Apple offer replacement iPhone 5C screens at the price of $149 (around £90).
Reportedly Apple will begin rolling out the service worldwide from Monday 20 January. However, speaking with a rather clueless Apple representative at the Regents Street store in London today, we were unable to find out whether this definitely will be the case in the UK.
9to5Mac claimed that 20 January will see a full-scale launch across all of the regions where Apple operates, excluding Hong Kong and Canada.
iPhone 5S screen repairs will also be offered in the grandiose Apple shops soon, the website reported, but that service is still in a trial phase and will not be rolled out next week.
Although Apple has not confirmed the rumours, it has - according to online reports - performed iPhone 5c screen replacements in a small number of stores in the US since before Christmas.
The service will be a welcome one for many iPhone fans who have suffered at least one cracked screen in their smartphone saturated lifetimes, as the service should work out much cheaper than Apple's present repair service, which offers a replacement handset while the device is sent away to be fixed.
Apple must find repair its business more profitable than simply building iPhones with tougher screens. µ
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