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Apple increases price to repair iPhone 12 when compared against the iPhone 11

This should come as a surprise to no one, but to reiterate the headline, the repairs for the iPhone 12 have an increased price tag.

Apple at their Hi, Speed event last week said that the new iPhone 12 and 12 mini will come with a new ceramic shield cover glass and Super Retina XDR display, which is an OLED display. This is arguably a major upgrade over the outgoing LCD displays. These new displays now come with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, up from 1400:1 and thinner side and bottom bezel. 

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This upgrade clearly reflects in the pricing of the repairs for these new models. Since OLEDs are much more expensive to produce and hence put into phones, the repair pricing is somewhat justified. Also, to remind the reader of this news-piece, Apple curves the display on itself at the bottom in order to avoid a “chin” which other smartphones have. This technology makes it extremely expensive and very hard to produce (hence many manufacturers let go of this entirely). iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max retain the same repair costs as the outgoing Pro iPhones, the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. This is bizarre since Apple incorporated new “Ceramic-Shield” technology in these new models. 

The repair cost for AppleCare covered products and non AppleCare covered products vary and depend on the damage done to the handset.
Out of warranty display repairs for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro display repairs for the US will be $279 which is the same as iPhone 11 Pro, up from $199 for outgoing LCD variants.

For AppleCare it will run you down $29 for screen repair and $99 for other repairs regardless of the model. 

Battery replacement costs remain same at $69 for all “Notched” iPhones but drops down to $49 for iPhone SE, iPhone 8 and other earlier models.

“Other” repair cost for iPhone 12 Pro matches that of iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS and iPhone X at $549. iPhone 12 will run you down $449, up from $399 for iPhone 11 and iPhone XR. 

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