iPad Repairs – SimplyFixIt vs. Apple Price

Is your iPad screen broken? The natural thing to do is take it back to Apple, right? It's under warranty isn't it? Breaking a screen is not a warranty issue. You will be charged by Apple if you take in your iPad with a smashed screen. But how much do they charge? According to apple.com:

iPad repair prices: SimplyFixIt vs Apple.

Device SimplyFixIt Price Apple Price
iPad 1 or 2 £79 £189
iPad 3 or 4 £79 £236.44
iPad Air £99 £196.44
iPad Air 2 £199 £236.44
iPad Mini, Mini 2 (Retina) £99 £156.44
iPad Mini 3 (Retina) £99 £236.44
iPad Mini 4 (Retina) £199 £236.44
12.9-inch iPad Pro £419 £506.44

Prices taken from Apple website on 12th August 2016

Apple will argue that they don't actually repair your iPad, they replace it with another one. They believe that's a positive thing. We don't agree. The iPad isn't a new one, just one that has been repaired previously. If you have any photos or songs that haven't been backed up, you will lose them. If you have had your iPad personalised, such as an engraving, you lose that too. In fact, although the people who work at Apple seem to be very friendly, the policy of the company seems to be one of, "we'd prefer you just bought a new one, but ok here's a second hand one that you can have for quite a high price". SimplyFixIt will replace the screen on your iPad with a new one. You keep your songs and photos etc. You keep any sentimental value that's attached to your iPad too.

In terms of a warranty, PC Retail (The industry bible despite the PC name) said that our iPad warranty was "Apple Beating".

In 2010, Which? asked the question, “Is Apple'€™s own repair service a rip-off?” and came to the conclusion that Apple want you to buy a new model if your current iPad breaks.

High repair price to force re-buy?

Maybe it's a case of brand reassurance? Perhaps shoppers, having paid a princely sum for their beloved iPhone, are unwilling to trust anyone but Apple with repairing it. Fair enough, but could Apple have a more sinister motive?

By charging a high price – and Apple isn'€™t alone in its approach – could it be actively putting people off getting a repair to sway them towards a new model?

All prices correct at 30 December 2013.

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