Apple's Reuse and Recycle trade-in program is finally available to Australian customers, starting from today. Depending on the condition it's in, you can get paid up to $250 in store credit for your previous-generation iOS device. The downside is that you can only use the store credit towards a new iPhone or iPad.
Up until now, the only trade-in service provided by Apple locally was a recycling scheme that offered 10 per cent off a new iPod in exchange for your old iOS products. This new trade-in program provides the customer with a more enticing financial incentive.
Here's the official line from Apple:
From today, the Reuse and Recycle program launches in all 21 Australian Apple Stores. This program gives customers a credit to upgrade to a new iPhone or iPad, while responsibly recycling their older models. Customers can receive up to $250 credit when they bring in an iPhone and up to $215 credit when they bring in an iPad. The credit can be used to purchase either a new iPhone or iPad.
While the credit's restriction to just iPads and iPhones rankles, it's still a better deal than before — especially if you're planning to upgrade anyway.
When you bring in your device, an Apple employee will determine its trade-in value based on the device’s iteration and condition. The scheme is currently limited to the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and the iPad 2 and above. You also can't trade in current-generation models.