Earlier today we reported that Apple was partnering with one screen protector company, likely Belkin, to offer professional installations of screen protectors done by machines. Now, a report from MacOtakara says that Apple has started rolling out its screen protector installation service in Japan and that it has in fact partnered with Belkin to do so, just as we reported this morning.
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Apple Stores in Japan have implemented the Belkin TrueClear Pro system in order to perform the screen protector application process. Belkin details the process in a support document on its website, but it’s relatively simple. First, he Apple employee ensures that all dust and particles are removed from the device’s display and places the iPhone on one side of the machine and the screen protector on the other. Then, the machine is closed, the protector’s wrapping is removed, and the screen protector is aligned perfectly onto the iPhone’s display.
Should a customer feel that an error was made in the screen protector application process, then the Apple Store will redo the process at no additional cost.
The initial cost of the screen protector + application process is between $19 and $37, depending on the material chosen and the size of the phone. The program will rollout to the United States and other markets soon.
Apple this week will also start offering a new broken iPhone upgrade program. This program will allow users with devices that have broken screens to upgrade to newer models by trading in their broken phone.
Read more about both the broken iPhone program and the screen protector installation setup in Mark Gurman’s piece from earlier today.