Fixit Mobile has learned from sources that broken iPhone 5 displays may soon be getting replaced in-store. If you previoulsy had issues with the iPhone 4 or 4S, Apple would swap the entire iPhone for a new or even refurbished one so this would be a change from Apple’s standard.
Although Apple retail stores have been swapping out shattered screens for some time now for the 3G/3GS, the new unibody design of the iPhone 5 will make it easier for Apple’s retail staff to swap out shattered iPhone 5 glass. With this repair, the whole glass/digitizer and LCD has the capability of being removed in the store as well as other places who specialize in iPhone 5 repair.
This process wasn’t possible with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S due to the design. While the glass backplate of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S could easily be removed, the front assembly could not — all of the internal components lay on top of the screen.
Apple Retail does offer some repairs on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S including rear panel replacement, camera replacement, and in some cases vibrator assembly replacement (GSM models only). Basically, any repair that could be done in a minimal amount of time.
There’s no word yet on how much the service will cost or whether it’ll be tied into AppleCare+. The current pricing is based off paying $99 for the plan and then $50 per incident. Since, with the iPhone 5, the entire iPhone wouldn’t have to be replaced anymore, it may bring down the cost for both in and out of warranty repairs.