Apple will reportedly accept damaged iPhones for trade-in

Even if your screen is damaged, Apple will give you credit.

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Apple's iPhone recycling program is handy for getting rid of your old handset when you buy a new one. However, the initiative doesn't allow customers to trade in older models if they have screen damage, a broken camera or buttons that don't work. 9to5Mac reports that the policy is about to change. Apple is reportedly prepping to expand the recycling/trade-in program to accept iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones with a reasonable amount of damage. The company is said to offer credits of $50, $200 and $250 for those devices, respectively.

The company is also looking to help your properly install a screen protector on your new phone. Apple Stores will offer to put on the protective accessory with dedicated machines, partnering with Belkin (and others, perhaps) on the setup. Before now, some retail locations would lend a hand, but there wasn't any fancy equipment to aid the process. According to 9to5Mac, if the machines don't install the covering correctly, the Apple will cover the cost of a new one. The service is said to start rolling out today, so perhaps the option will be available at your local store soon enough.