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Hairline cracks on iPhone and Apple Watch no longer covered under warranty

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Despite what the haters say, screen protectors are always a good investment. | Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

Bad news if you spot a tiny crack on your iPhone or Apple Watch display. They’re no longer covered under Apple’s standard warranty, according to a 9to5Mac report.

Technically, the standard one-year warranty has never covered “cosmetic damage” such as scratches, dents, and broken plastic on ports unless you could prove that it was defective materials or workmanship from Apple. However, single hairline cracks — as in, a crack that doesn’t spiderweb or have an obvious point of impact — have historically been considered screen defects. As such, repairs could be covered for free. (Though, in reality, your mileage may have varied depending on which Apple Store or repair shop you went to.)

Citing unnamed sources, the 9to5Mac report says Apple…

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