October 30th 2017
By Mike Flaminio
The costs to repair an iPhone keeps inching up, but this year the iPhone X will take a jump. The iPhone X will cost $279 to replace the screen compared to $169 for iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 8 Plus. "Other damage" could run you $549, compared to $399 for the 8 Plus and $329 for the 6s Plus and 7 Plus.
Apple Care too is more expensive for the iPhone X at $199. Across the board, a screen repair still costs $29.
I don't do Apple Care because the math just doesn't work out. If I were to break the glass, $279 is a steep price, but with Apple Care, it would still cost me $230. So, I'd only save myself $50 and basically brake the screen twice per phone to really be worth it. Given I've only broken two iPhone screens over the last 10 years (the original and 6s Plus), it doesn't make much sense to me.
I'm hopeful that each generation of iPhone becomes more durable. With better Gorilla Glass and improved dust/water resistance, I'm like to think each new iPhone is less susceptible to damage.