With Apple expected to announce the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X at an event later today, many customers will be looking to trade in their old phones as part of Apple's iPhone Upgrade Programme. For the first time, those looking to upgrade will be able to trade in their phone by mail, but only in the US, for now.
Apple’s website reads:
“You can either have a Trade-in Kit sent to you and return it by mail or trade in your current iPhone when you pick up your new iPhone at an Apple Store.”
Those looking to upgrade must send in a phone that’s in good working condition, that means, it must be able to power on and hold a charge, be free of any breaks or cracks, and have an intact and functioning display – if your device fails any of these requirements you can get it fixed with AppleCare+ first.
The new mail-in option will help in several ways. First of all, you won’t have to drive to your local Apple Store – particularly useful for those out in suburbia, who would otherwise have to spend money on petrol or public transport. Secondly, it will greatly help Apple to avoid a repeat of issues which cropped up last year where Apple Stores ran out of stock.