The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have a glass back. While it looks great, it is glass after all, which means that it’s susceptible to breakage. Those who have paid for an AppleCare+ plan for the iPhone will have to pay $29 to replace the screen if they ever break it. However, customers have to keep in mind that the iPhone 8 glass back replacement is actually more expensive than replacing the screen.
An AppleCare+ plan for the iPhone extends hardware repair coverage to two years from the original purchase date of the device. It adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage which is subject to a service fee of $29 each for screen damage.
iPhone 8 teardowns have revealed that it’s a relatively simple process to disassemble the screen and replace it. However, the glass back is held in place using a lot of glue. That requires more effort and time.
The AppleCare+ description on the company’s website mentions that there’s a $99 service free for “any other damage.” AppleInsider reports that the iPhone 8 glass back replacement doesn’t qualify for the $29 screen replacement. It’s generally subject to the $99 fee for “other damage,” and that’s without tax.
Those who have sprung $129 or $149 for AppleCare+ on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus respectively will have to pay $99 if they ever damage the glass back on their device. Once their two incidents of accidental damage are up, they will have to pay a higher replacement cost, which is $349 for the iPhone 8 and $399 for the iPhone 8 Plus.
Best invest in a sturdy case.