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Upgrading to iPhone 8? iPhone Upgrade Program now lets you mail-in your old device

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iPhone 8 or iPhone X? Whichever you choose after tomorrow's big event, there's now an easier way to trade-in your current/soon-to-be-passé iPhone.

The tech giant has introduced mail-in Trade-in Kits to its iPhone Upgrade Program (opens in new tab). The kits' existence was uncovered by techdude13 on the MacRumors (opens in new tab) forums, although it's not clear if the service will be available outside the US initially.

With the new option, Apple will include a kit along with a prepaid shipping label so you can ship off your old phone when your new iPhone is delivered.

Mail-in is a welcome addition to the iPhone trade-in program, as up until now, customers had to make an appointment and go into an Apple Store to upgrade their device. 

While Apple prides itself on its retail store experience, some will no doubt prefer shipping off their old iPhone without having to set foot inside a store.   

As the tenth anniversary iPhone, the iPhone X promises to be a massive upgrade over previous models. From an all-screen design to Face ID to a more powerful chipset, this will be one enhanced (and expensive) phone. 

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus won't be as extravagant as the iPhone X, but as with every iPhone iteration, these will no doubt also be highly sought after devices.

Michelle Fitzsimmons
Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle was previously a news editor at TechRadar, leading consumer tech news and reviews. Michelle is now a Content Strategist at Facebook.  A versatile, highly effective content writer and skilled editor with a keen eye for detail, Michelle is a collaborative problem solver and covered everything from smartwatches and microprocessors to VR and self-driving cars.