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Apple Working on ‘Cosmetic Scan’ Trade-In Tool for iPhone


Apple is developing a new trade-in tool that will be used to scan the iPhone for cosmetic damage, likely with the aim of generating a more accurate trade-in estimate.

Code for the feature was discovered in the iOS 15.4 beta by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, and it was also highlighted by 9to5Mac. There’s not a lot of detail right now, but in a Diagnostic Services section, there are mentions of a Trade-In Tool and Cosmetic Scan, which will also involve a QR code.

New diagnostic ‘Cosmetic Scan’.

— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) January 27, 2022

We don’t know how it works as of yet, but it may allow an ‌iPhone‌ user to take an image scan of their trade-in device to get a close look at scratches, dings, and other cosmetic damage, with the results sent to Apple.

There are no outward-facing signs of this feature available at the current time, but since it’s linked to trade-ins, it might be something that we’ll see when the iOS 15.4 update is released to the public.Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15Related Forum: iOS 15
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