If you’re rocking an iPhone 5c and chose not to buy AppleCare, fixing a cracked screen just became cheaper – and quicker – than ever before. Apple recently announced it is now replacing cracked iPhone 5c screens in store while you wait. The service costs $149 and is available for the iPhone 5c, but not for the iPhone 5s. In the past, if your iDevice’s screen cracked, Apple would ship it to an off-site repair center to fix it – a process that would run you $229 and at least a couple days. The new process takes less than an hour to replace the screen, and there’s no need to swap out rest of the phone. That means you can walk in with a busted screen and walk out with a fresh one, without needing to re-load your apps and data. Apple is trying to take on third-party repair services, which are cheaper than AppleCare but also void your iPhone’s warranty. The $149 screen replacement service isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly cheaper than buying a brand new device.

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