An iPhone 12 with cracked back glass is a heartbreaking thing to see. Unfortunately, there are mounting complaints about how easily the iPhone 12 cracks or shatters. As you all know, repairing the device costs a lot of money. That’s why we believe prevention is better than cure. Let’s explore what’s up with all those stories about iPhone 12 devices with cracked rear glass, how you can prevent that from happening, and what you can do when disaster strikes.
iPhone 12 Back Glass Seems to Be Very Fragile
Before bashing Apple for releasing such fragile devices, keep in mind that any piece of glass will shatter if it falls the wrong way. If you accidentally knock your phone off a counter or it slips off your lap and falls maybe 15-18 inches, the front or rear glass may shatter. Apple hasn’t been able to violate the laws of physics as of yet.
Unfortunately, many iPhone 12 users complained about the back glass cracking under what appears to be normal use conditions. They blame the design and material for these unfortunate events. Despite the mounting complaints, Apple has remained tight-lipped about this matter.
Does It Matter if the Back of My iPhone Is Cracked?
Your iPhone 12 will lose its water resistance if the back glass is cracked. Simply put, if any water gets in through the cracks and into the phone, your device is toast. Additionally, wireless charging may no longer work as expected. Cracked glass may even cut your hand if it’s protruding from the corner of the case. Do keep these details in mind if you decide to postpone servicing your device.
On a side note, many users also complained about their iPhone 12 Pro Max battery degrading way too fast. Rest assured, these reports don’t seem to be correlated.
Is It Possible to Repair Cracked iPhone 12 Back Glass?
Apple stores and authorized service providers can replace your iPhone 12’s cracked rear panel. In other words, you can have the broken rear glass replaced without any problem.
As a quick reminder, prior to April 2021, iPhone 12 devices with cracked rear glass previously required a whole-unit replacement. Fortunately, Apple implemented a same-unit repair system where “repairing” doesn’t involve offering users a new device to fix the problem. However, keep in mind that this type of repair service doesn’t cover broken rear cameras.
It is worth mentioning that broken back glass is not covered under warranty. This is because the issue is not considered a defect, but a cosmetic problem caused by an accident.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace the Back Glass on iPhone 12?
If you have AppleCare+, you’ll only pay a service fee of $99. If you don’t have AppleCare+, get ready to dig your hands deep into your pockets and pay the out-of-warranty price. Here’s how much it costs to have your iPhone 12’s back glass replaced:
iPhone 12 Pro Max: $599
iPhone 12 Pro: $549
iPhone 12: $449
iPhone 12 mini: $399
How to Prevent These Events
Phones made of glass simply aren’t as tough as devices that have the back made of plastic or metal. That’s why you should get a protective case from day one. It’s not that expensive and can save you hundreds of dollars if you accidentally drop your phone. Make sure to get a case with raised, rounded edges, designed specifically for the iPhone 12 model you’re using.
Additionally, get a screen protector as well and make sure it covers the entire screen. Many screen protectors that are aesthetically pleasant often fail to cover the corners and edges.
iPhone 12 models feature a rear panel made of glass. That makes them pretty vulnerable to cracking. Many users already complained about how easily the back of iPhone 12 devices cracks or shatters. The good news is that Apple will replace the broken glass without doing a whole-unit replacement. But if you want to avoid unexpected events, get a case and screen protector from day one.
Have you heard stories about iPhone 12 rear glass cracking without an apparent reason? Did you experience similar events yourself? Hit the comments below and tell us more about your experience.