The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are similar to their predecessors in terms of design. The only major change here is the fact that this year’s iPhones have glass on their backs. That though means they are easier to break. And as it turns out, it will cost you more money to repair the glass on the back, than the screen itself. According to reports, Applecare+ will not cover a broken rear glass under its $29 screen replacement coverage. For the glass, Apple is offering users an “other damage” fee, which will cost you $99.
Currently, Apple allows users to get two screen replacements and two miscellaneous damages under its $29 and $99 plans, respectively. Once you’re through with this, you will have to pay $349 for the iPhone 8 and $399 for the iPhone 8 Plus, which is about half the cost of the phones themselves. To get Applecare+, you will have to pay $129 for the iPhone 8 and $149 for the iPhone 8 Plus.
While some may still be able to afford that, this could be an ominous sign for iPhone X buyers. The device sports a glass body like the iPhone 8, but it also has a nearly bezel-less display on the front. Apple is going to charge $199 for the warranty program on that device, but there’s no word on how much screen and glass repairs will cost. With an already high price tag of $999, high repair costs may prove to be a problem.