What to do if one of the glass "windows" cracks?

InfinitiG

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Not so worried about the andonized back cracking but am worried what my options would be if one of the two upper and bottom glass windows cracks. Anyone know?
 

InfinitiG

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The entire back case??

Anyone know how much the apple store will charge?

With the 4 it was a $29 replacement. With the 5 im scared to know how much.
 

eastercat

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If you looked at the teardown, which should be required for any iphone owner imo, you would know that the front screen is user replaceable. Because the back is where all the electronics are attached, that'll be more expensive.
Moral of the story: get a case. :rolleyes:
Not so worried about the andonized back cracking but am worried what my options would be if one of the two upper and bottom glass windows cracks. Anyone know?
 

InfinitiG

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ouch, 229 to replace the back case, and I'm assuming another 200 to replace the screen. bad news for someone never uses a case on their phone
 

Shadowbech

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ouch, 229 to replace the back case, and I'm assuming another 200 to replace the screen. bad news for someone never uses a case on their phone
No, the $229 replacement is the cost for replacing your device if it's out of warranty regardless of where it's broken. There is no separate cost to replace the screen.
 

InfinitiG

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$229 is to replace the entire phone. Lol
i know, this is what I meant

with the 4 it was 29 when you cracked the back, and 200 when you cracked your screen

with the 5 its 229 to when you crack the back windows and 229 if you crack the screen

huge difference
 
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acorntoy

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Anybody have to replace the front yet? Wonder if its cheaper since they can fix just that component now.
 

robotphood

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Anybody have to replace the front yet? Wonder if its cheaper since they can fix just that component now.
Other than the ease of removal (& tech specs), I thought there was little difference between the front display of the iphone 5 vs the 4? Assuming it would cost the same.
 

acorntoy

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Other than the ease of removal (& tech specs), I thought there was little difference between the front display of the iphone 5 vs the 4? Assuming it would cost the same.


Yup, but it was so expensive because they refused to remove every component of the 4/4S to just replace the screen, and just charged you $199 for a whole new phone, the back panel was cheaper partly because it was so easy to remove, so I'm wondering since they don't have to remove every component, and only need to remove like 2 if they are now just fixing the screen and not giving you a whole new phone (making repairs cheaper).
 

InfinitiG

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yea it seems like if the screen cracks, it should be a somewhat cheap fix if buying the part online since it is so easily replaceable. but if one of the windows on the back cracks its a different story
 

robotphood

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Yup, but it was so expensive because they refused to remove every component of the 4/4S to just replace the screen, and just charged you $199 for a whole new phone, the back panel was cheaper partly because it was so easy to remove, so I'm wondering since they don't have to remove every component, and only need to remove like 2 if they are now just fixing the screen and not giving you a whole new phone (making repairs cheaper).
That makes sense. Let's hope Apple decides it should cost less. My only fear is that quality 3rd party replacements for the 4/4S weren't that much cheaper and had nothing to do with the ease of repair.


yea it seems like if the screen cracks, it should be a somewhat cheap fix if buying the part online since it is so easily replaceable. but if one of the windows on the back cracks its a different story
I don't plan on using a case on this phone either. But at least the glass on the back doesn't affect functionality, unless the camera lens breaks.
 

lamenramen

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The iPhone 5 is less repairable to me than the 4 b/c of the unibody design.
Aluminum doesn't crack but it'll dent super easily (my prediction) and you can't pop the dents back out.

In time, the iphone 5 screen will be $30 on ebay. The back plate of the 4 is $10 on ebay. No dice on the iphone 5 back, which is a unibody and no longer a back plate.

It may make sense to buy applecare now.