Why you really, really don’t want to break your iPhone XS, XS Max

Gold iPhone pic

Whatever you do, don’t drop your iPhone

If you are going to buy one of Apple’s new iPhones then you should absolutely factor in the cost of AppleCare – because if you break these things then repair is going to be super-expensive.

It’s a little bit frightening

Apple took a moment after its iPhone 2018 keynote to update its iPhone service pricing page, adding the cost of repair for iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xs to the mix. iPhone XR repair costs have not been added just yet.

The bottom line?

If you break the screen on your Max you’ll be looking at a $329 bill. And if you do some other kind of damage to the device, you’ll be parting with the price of an old car — $599. Don’t start laughing if you want to use an iPhone Xs, as pricing is only $50 cheaper (same as iPhone X).

These costs are also subject to tax. And Apple will charge you $6.95 to ship your device back to you.

You’re going to really want to spend an additional $199 (AppleCare+) or $299 (AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss) to protect your $1,000+ new smartphone. I’d say that at these prices that’s kind of mandatory – thought it will still cost you $269 to get your device replaced if it is lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair.

I can’t help but think that the other approach is to buy a $399 Apple Watch and never take your iPhone out of its pocket, or a $499 model and never take the iPhone out at all — the camera you don’t have with you is less likely to get smashed, I guess.

Todd Howard of Bethesda

Don’t get frustrated when you play Bethseda and chuck your iPhone at the wall, kids

Here are the U.S. prices

(If you think these seem steep then take a look at the super-expensive UK prices below.

iPhone model Screen repair only Other damage
iPhone Xs Max $ 329 $ 599
iPhone Xs $ 279 $ 549
iPhone X $ 279 $ 549
iPhone 8 Plus $ 169 $ 399
iPhone 8 $ 149 $ 349
iPhone 7 Plus $ 169 $ 349
iPhone 7 $ 149 $ 319
iPhone 6s Plus $ 169 $ 329
iPhone 6s $ 149 $ 299
iPhone 6 Plus $ 149 $ 329
iPhone 6 $ 129 $ 299
iPhone SE $ 129 $ 269
iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c,
iPhone 5
$ 129 $ 269
iPhone 4s See “other damage” fee $ 199
iPhone 4 See “other damage” fee $ 149
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G See “other damage” fee $ 149

Here are the prices in the UK

So you thought that seemed expensive? Pity the Brits, where repair sets you back the following:

iPhone model Screen repair only Other damage
iPhone Xs Max £ 326.44 £ 596.44
iPhone Xs £ 282.44 £ 546.44
iPhone X £ 282.44 £ 546.44
iPhone 8 Plus £ 166.44 £ 396.44
iPhone 8 £ 152.44 £ 346.44
iPhone 7 Plus £ 166.44 £ 346.44
iPhone 7 £ 152.44 £ 316.44
iPhone 6s Plus £ 166.44 £ 326.44
iPhone 6s £ 152.44 £ 297.44
iPhone 6 Plus £ 152.44 £ 326.44
iPhone 6 £ 132.44 £ 297.44
iPhone SE, iPhone 5s,
iPhone 5c, iPhone 5
£ 132.44 £ 266.44
iPhone 4s See “other damage” fee £ 196.44

 

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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