Repair costs rise for iPhone 12’s Ceramic Shield display

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The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 price is now the same for all the top US telecoms.
Fixing a broken iPhone 12 out of warranty isn't cheap.
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iPhone 12 users will have to cough up more cash should they need to replace the handset’s new Ceramic Shield display. The price of a new screen has risen by $80 compared to that for last year’s iPhone 11.

However, it should be more difficult to break iPhone 12’s screen, thanks to tougher glass. And you do get a lot more for your money.

iPhone 12’s display is a big upgrade over that packed into iPhone 11. Not only is protected by ceramic-hardened glass, but it’s now an OLED screen — like that in iPhone 12 Pro — rather than an LCD.

It’s no surprise, then, that the cost of replacing the panel is higher. Here’s how much you’ll be paying if you break it.

iPhone 12’s OLED display costs $279 to replace

Apple will charge you $279 to replace an iPhone 12 display out of warranty. That’s an increase of $80 over the cost of an iPhone 11 display, and the same price Apple charges for iPhone 12 Pro screens.

Apple’s most expensive displays are those for iPhone XS Max and iPhone 11 Pro Max, which cost $329. It hasn’t confirmed pricing for iPhone 12 Pro Max yet, but we expect it to be the same.

It’s not clear how you’ll need to pay to repair an iPhone 12 mini.

It’s worth noting that these prices apply to out of warranty repairs. Customers covered by AppleCare+ will pay just $29.

Liquid damage costs more

If you break your new iPhone in some other way, it could cost even more to fix. “Other damage” repairs for iPhone 12 are priced at $449 — up from $399 for iPhone 11. iPhone 12 Pro repairs are $549.

“Other damage” repairs under AppleCare+ are still priced at $99. Out of warranty battery replacements for all iPhone 12 models (and all iPhone 11 models) are priced at $69.