October 18, 2021

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Apple will give an expensive shock to millions of iPhone buyers

Apple will give an expensive shock to millions of iPhone buyers

Of all Apple’s new iPhone models, this is the midrange iPhone 12 .Done (So ​​far) the biggest seller. But Apple has confirmed a big, stealthy price increase.

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Marked by To the edge, Apple has quietly updated its official Repair the page This means that it costs 40% more to repair the iPhone 12 than the iPhone 11. Despite the use of crumbling parts, the iPhone 12 Pro now costs more for some repairs.

Put some numbers on it. Headline change without warranty for screen repairs. The charge for the iPhone 11 was $ 199, but the price of the iPhone 12 increased to $ 279. It is similar to the iPhone 12 Pro (and the iPhone 11 Pro before it), although the iPhone 12 uses a cheaper OLED panel with lower brightness (800 vs 625 nits).

A similar story if you navigate to Apple Other damage Repair page. Here Apple increased the cost of repairing the iPhone 12 to $ 449 as ‘other damage’ (fluid infiltration, cracked back, etc.). This is a $ 50 increase over the iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 Pro costs more at 549, but it is similar to the iPhone 11 Pro.

All of this (somewhat conveniently) makes Apple’s AppleCarePlus insurance policy borderline mandatory. For the iPhone 12 it costs 99 7.99 ($ ​​149 upfront) per month or 49 11.49 ($ 219 upfront) per month with additional theft and damage for two years cover. On top of these plans you pay even more: screen loss of $ 29, accidental loss of $ 99 and (if you plan) theft or damage 9 149.

There are more Stealth costs for iPhone 12 ownership. If you plan to buy SIM-free, the phone will cost $ 30 more at each price than the Apple ads, as the 99 799, $ 849 and 49949 price points require you to sign a two-year carrier contract. If you want a wall charger ($ 20) and ear pods ($ 20) you will have to pay an extra $ 40 as they are not included in the box this year.

The end result is that compared to the 64GB iPhone 11 launch price (99 699) you will have to spend 70 870 with the same accessories on the 64GB iPhone 12, but a 40% increase in screen repair charges means that taking the AppleCarePlus plan is actually top notch. This brings your total cost for the 64GB iPhone 12 to $ 1,000.

Whether it is sheer exploitation or ingenious business acumen, opinion is likely to be divided. But not all IPhone 13 updates leaked Suddenly watching Good and good.

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