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Apple is set to change its policy on accepting iPhones with liquid damage, as part of an overhaul of its trade-in programme.

Whereas before the Cupertino company would refuse to take any iPhone that showed signs of having been exposed to water on its so-called “liquid damage indicator”, now it will assess the device using more criteria.

That means staff will check whether any handset that does test positive on the aforementioned indicator can still work and will look for traces of liquid in the device rather than dismissing it outright.

The aim is to get more people using Apple’s Reuse and Recycle service, pushing up iPhone sales while ensuring that older devices are recycled or disposed of in a responsible manner.

Tim Cook has mentioned in the past how keen he is for Apple to sell more iPhones directly, boosting its profits at the expense of resellers.



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