As many users know, Apple allows you to trade in your old device if you’re going to upgrade. Basically, whatever your old device is worth is subtracted from the cost of the new device.
Apple has had a trade-in program for some time now, but just recently rebranded it as the Apple GiveBack Program. In the past, you were given instant credit in-store, but not online. If you wanted to trade-in online, you had to ship your device to Apple and and wait for two or three weeks to receive a gift card in exchange.
Now, Apple has updated the process so that you can get instant credit both in-store and online. As of right now, you can trade in most devices, but Apple won’t let you trade in iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X just yet.
This credit is automatically applied to your online purchase, and then you simply print out a label and ship your device to Apple.
The rebranding of Apple’s trade-in program came before the company’s product announcements for the fall, and is something that helps promote an environmental initiative. Apple, like other electronics companies, has been under fire in the past for producing massive amounts of electronic waste.
As announced at Apple’s Special Event on September 12, Apple made sure to mention their environmental initiative. The corporation is using the GiveBack program to promote a better way to dispose of your device when you no longer want it. Apple offers a recycling program for old devices, but your old device could also end up being someone’s new one. By doing this, Apple is cutting their waste by astronomical amounts.
On top of that, we learned that all Apple centers run off of 100 percent renewable energy. That doesn’t include authorized service providers, but all Apple facilities worldwide are running on 100 percent renewable energy.