iPhone XR screen repairs will cost $199, 'other' repairs are $399

In brief: Apple’s non-AppleCare+ smartphone repairs have always been expensive, and now we know just how expensive they’ll be for the company’s upcoming “budget device; the $750 iPhone XR. According to Apple, XR screen repairs will cost $199, while other repairs will cost $399.

One of the more frustrating aspects of being an Apple customer is the difficulty and cost associated with getting your devices repaired. Though many of Apple’s products are well-engineered enough that most customers won’t suffer from significant problems, accidents do happen.

So, if one of these accidents occurs with, say, an iPhone XR — which is expected to launch this week — how much would it cost you to get it fixed? According to Apple, a screen repair would cost around a fourth of the iPhone XR’s $750 starting price: or $199. This sort of repair would likely cover cracks, significant scratches, or total shattering.

Though that’s already a hefty cost to pay for a screen repair the price goes up for any additional damage that doesn’t involve screen issues. Repairs for anything else will cost you a whopping $399, which is over half the price of a brand-new XR. It’s not clear whether or not that price could go down if the issues are minor, but it seems unlikely given Apple’s track record with repairs.

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For the sake of comparison, an iPhone XS Max screen repair would run you $329, while the “Other damage” repair fee sits at $599. Standard iPhone XS repairs are similarly costly at $279 for a screen repair and $649 for other fixes. It should be noted, though, that this repair pricing only seems to apply to those who try to get their devices repaired without an active AppleCare+ subscription.

If you haven’t snagged the iPhone XS or XS Max yet, there’s no harm in waiting for a better deal when the XR launches on October 26. Not only will you save a couple hundred dollars on the phone’s upfront cost, but repairs will also be quite a bit cheaper.

Alternatively, you could hold out for Samsung’s next-gen smartphones, which could implement in-display fingerprint sensors and speakers.

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