Hundreds of millions of iPads have been sold in the last ten years. These extremely popular devices are portable enough to carry anywhere and are often used everywhere, from planes to trains. They are also used heavily by children, both for learning and for fun.
Because of the versatility of the iPad, and how easy it is to bring them anywhere, they are much more susceptible to damage than our laptop computers. There’s a good chance that you’re going to have an accident and need to get your iPad repaired at some point.
But you’ll need to decide if it’s even worth it to repair, or if replacing the iPad for a brand new model makes the most sense. Wondering how to decide which route to take? Keep reading to learn which option is right for you and your device.
Check Your Warranty
Nobody wants to deal with the hassle that comes with a broken iPad. But that’s part of the process.
Before making any rash decisions, though, you should check your warranty. Usually, if you’ve owned the iPad for less than a year, it will still be covered by the original manufacturer’s warranty.
In this case, you’ll want to reach out to Apple, or the company you bought it from, to see what the best option is. Obviously, the best option is the cheapest option.
So even if you need to deal with the inconvenience of sending your device in for repairs and waiting days or weeks to get it returned, using your warranty is the smartest option.
What’s the Cost?
Aside from your warranty, or lack thereof, the cost of repairs versus replacement is the biggest concern for most people. Neither of which is cheap if you are having to pay out of pocket.
If you don’t have a warranty, you can spend hundreds of dollars fixing an Ipad, often more than $500. If your expected repairs are set to exceed this amount, then a replacement starts looking really good.
However, some minor repairs may only cost a few hundred dollars. In these instances, iPad repair makes more sense since a newer iPad will likely set you back close to $1,000.
If you’re lucky, all you have is a broken screen. Screen replacement service is one of the most affordable iPad repair options. It’s usually pretty quick and easy, making screen repair a no-brainer. If you have a chipped or cracked screen, don’t deal with it. Get it fixed.
If you’re iPad can’t hold a charge, you might need a new battery. Hopefully, this is due to a manufacturing problem, in which case Apple might replace it for free. But if it’s worn out from extended use, battery repairs can cost an arm and a leg. You might as well get a newer model.
How Soon Do You Need Your iPad?
Aside from the cost, you’ll want to consider the time it will take to either get a new iPad or get yours repaired. Smaller repairs can often take a few hours or less. But if a repair shop is backed up on orders, it could take days or weeks before your device gets fixed.
If you don’t need your iPad that often, you can likely get away with just using your computer. But if your iPad is your only device, you will need it right away.
In this case, it might help to buy a new one. There’s probably an electronics store in your city where you can purchase one right now. Or if you can wait a day or two, tons of authorized Apple sellers online can ship one to your day fast.
A smart way to go about this could be to order a new iPad. Once you get the new one, you can bring your broken one in for repairs. After getting it repaired, you can then resell it, helping to offset the cost of purchasing a new iPad.
Therefore, you end up with a brand new iPad model without any issues, and you pay for half of it using the funds from your old one.
Consider the Environmental Impact
It can be tempting to get a new iPad just because it’s easier and faster. This is especially true if you have plenty of money and aren’t concerned about the cost.
But there’s another cost that comes into play, not just the financial implications. Every decision we make as consumers has an environmental cost associated with it.
Every new product that we purchase requires resources extracted from the planet. It requires fuel to ship it across the planet, leading to a greater release of fossil fuels and pollution.
One of the best ways that consumers can support the planet is by reusing, repairing, and recycling as much as possible. So in the case of our broken iPad, repairing electronics is much more eco-friendly.
It’s easy to do for experienced technicians, requiring very little energy or materials. So going this route will let you feel a lot better about owning your iPad.
Insuring Your iPad
After breaking their first iPad, and dealing with the hassle that it brings, most people end up getting insurance on their device. Apple Care is extremely affordable and makes it easy and convenient to repair your iPad next time something happens.
When something happens, Apple Care on your iPad will only cost you $49 per incident. Plus, you get 24/7 support via live chat or telephone. When you need a repair, Apple can send you a prepaid box to ship it to them, or you can bring it directly into an Apple Store.
It’s way more affordable than having to replace your iPad every year or two.
Try Getting Your iPad Repaired
Getting your iPad repaired should be your priority. But if the repairs are going to cost too much, it’s hard to justify the repairs. Only when the repairs are going to cost more than half of the cost of a brand new iPad should you consider the replacement.
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