Apple can now fix your cracked iPhone 5C screen in the store

But the final verdict rests on how much damage the screen has suffered.

You may be able to get your iPhone 5C's cracked screen replaced at your local Apple Store.
You may be able to get your iPhone 5C's cracked screen replaced at your local Apple Store. Sarah Tew/CBS Interactive

Your local Apple store may now be able to replace a cracked iPhone 5C screen while you wait.

The $149 in-store repair option for the lower-cost iPhone reportedly debuted on Monday, according to CNNMoney. Up till now, Apple had to ship iPhone 5C units with cracked screens to a repair center, saddling owners with a $229 fee.

A rep at a local Apple store told CNET that the 5C is eligible for screen repairs or replacement. But she said the service depends on the amount of damage. Screens with scratches or minor cracks could be treated in-store, while those with heavier damage would need to be sent out.

Reports surfaced last year that Apple would introduce the in-store repair option for the 5S and the 5C . But at this point, the 5S and the older 4S still have to be sent to the repair center, CNNMoney added.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

HOT ON CNET

iPhone running slow?

Here are some quick fixes for some of the most common problem in iOS 7.