If you own an iPhone 8, now might be the perfect time to get a case.
The glass panel on the back of Apple’s iPhone 8 won’t qualify for a $ 29 replacement like the device’s glass screen. Instead, Apple will charge customers $ 99 for the first two back panel repairs. After that, customers could be forced to pay $ 349 or $ 399 for the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, respectively, according to Apple-tracking site AppleInsider, which confirmed the cost with a company spokesman.
Apple’s (aapl) iPhone 8 has a new design, featuring a glass back panel. The glass allows for wireless charging coils inside the handset to interact with wireless charging pads, so users can boost battery life without wires. It also adds a design flair that users didn’t have in previous metal iPhones.
However, because the iPhone 8’s back panel is glass, if it takes enough of a beating, it could shatter, forcing users to either live with a jagged device or get it fixed.
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There was some hope among iPhone owners that Apple would offer the same replacement cost as a display since the back panel is made of glass. However, Apple told AppleInsider that it’s categorizing back panel repairs in the “other damage” category, bringing its price to $ 99, plus tax.
To safeguard against that cost, users can of course buy a case to protect the back panel. Opting for the company’s AppleCare+ would extend the $ 99 coverage price to two years. It costs $ 129 for the iPhone 8 and $ 149 for the iPhone 8 Plus.
If you or your kids are avid gamers, here’s some good news: All that strategising may have a beneficial impact on school results. Whether regular Facebook use is a drag on one’s English test scores — that’s another question.
A study conducted by Alberto Posso, a professor at Australia’s RMIT University, found that teenagers who played online video games regularly were often able to improve their school scores.
Students who were daily social media users, however, tended to under perform in maths, reading and science. “The results suggest that a student who uses online social networks on a daily basis will also obtain a grade in math that is 20 points lower than a student who never uses this type of social media,” Posso said in the report. Read more…
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