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Apple loosens restrictions on water damage for iPhone trade-in

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 2:14am  ET

iphone tradein page (Apple)
Apple will now allow trade-ins of iPhones with minor water exposure. (Courtesy of Apple)

WASHINGTON - Starting this week, Apple Stores are changing their policy on accepting iPhones with minor exposure to water.

In the past, if an iPhone's liquid contact indicator, had been tripped, a phone would be ineligible for trade-in.

The indicators, which have been built into most Apple devices since 2006, turn from white or silver to red when they come in contact with water or a liquid containing water.

Apple Store employees will no longer check the indicators when evaluating devices for trade-in, according to 9to5Mac.

However, if store employees notice liquid under the phone's display or corrosion in the phone's ports, it won't be eligible for trade.

The trade-in program launched in August.

The Apple website's Reuse and Recycling section lets users input information about their older device, to get an estimated value for an in-store trade-in.

The new policy only affects in-store trades. Phones that have had liquid indicators triggered will not be accepted for online trades.

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