Throughout the past week we have talked a lot about error 53, caused when repairing the screen and / or the start button of our iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in an unauthorized service and that caused the device to be completely blocked and unusable, with no available solution for now. The use of these unofficial services has increased a lot in recent times due to its greater accessibility for those of us who do not have an Apple Store nearby, since the prices are supposedly much lower than in Apple. But is it true that the prices are so low compared to the official ones? Do you compensate the risk of having a device tampered with by completely losing the warranty and using materials of dubious quality? Let's see what Apple charges for the various repairs to its devices.
IPhone Repairs at Apple
This image contains the official prices of Apple.es as of February 14, 2016. Changing the screen of your iPhone 5, 5c and 5s has a price of € 147,10, which is well above the € 70 that they asked me in an unofficial service for the screen of my iPhone 5. It is double but I can assure you that I am not at all satisfied either with the screen they placed on me, which can be seen with the backlight LEDs on the top, or with the final result, with the screen misfitted and without possibility from solution. My complaints to the unofficial technical service that I took it to were useless and I was left with a poorly repaired iPhone 5. On some websites I have seen prices of up to € 120 for the repair.
In more modern devices the prices are surprisingly lower, so the iPhone 6 costs € 127,10, and the 6 Plus equals the € 147.10 of the old iPhone 5. The price that they gave me in the same technical service for the screen of a iPhone 6 was € 120 (non-original screen, only "compatible" as the technician told me). Browsing through different websites that repair iPhones I have checked more or less the same prices. On some websites that promise to use only original components the price rises up to € 180. I have not found repair prices for the new screens of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. It is important to note that Apple prices include € 12 shipping costs and VAT.
The battery change at Apple is € 79 regardless of the device, to which € 12 would have to be added if shipping is required. Changing the battery in my iPhone 5 cost me € 40 in an unauthorized service, and after three months I could barely get it to arrive at noon with normal use. On the websites that I have consulted, the price is usually around € 60.
IPad Repairs at Apple
IPad repairs are included in a single possibility within the technical service of Apple.es. The price is variable depending on the device, ranging from € 201,10 for the iPad Mini and Mini 2 to € 671,10 for the iPad Pro. They include € 12 shipping costs and VAT. It is possible that by contacting Apple directly and explaining the case you will get other prices depending on the damage caused. Be that as it may, the prices in this case are quite high, especially if we take into account that in many iPad models changing the glass is enough for everything to return to normal, without having to change the LCD panel.
The change of the battery has a single price of € 99 to which € 12 will have to be added if shipping is necessary. It is not easy to find unofficial technical services that change the battery of the Apple tablet, at least I have not found them, so I can not compare their prices.
Is it worth taking the risk?
In the case of the iPhone, the answer is clear: No. The guarantee that the repair gives you within the Apple technical service, the price and the undoubted originality of the accessories are more than enough reason to choose Apple over other unauthorized services. In the case of the iPad the thing is not so clear because Apple does not differentiate between small damages and major damages, using a single fee for any repair.