AppleCare+ Can Now be Added up to One Year After Buying an iPhone


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For anyone that owns an iPhone, Apple’s extra insurance option, AppleCare+, is potentially a vital aspect, especially just in case a phone gets dropped or otherwise broken.

Up to this point, Apple has made it possible for a customer to buy an iPhone and then, up to 60 days from that point, add AppleCare+ to cover their device (and some accessories). But, according to a new report from MacRumors, Apple has changed things in a very significant way.

Based on information gathered from unnamed sources, the report indicates that customers now have up to one year to add AppleCare+ to cover their iPhone and some accessories, instead of just 60 days. The publication later confirmed the change with a senior AppleCare adviser.

So, from this point on, as long as the iPhone is covered by the one-year warranty from the date of initial purchase, a customer can add AppleCare+ to cover that device. That puts AppleCare for the iPhone right in line with the AppleCare for Mac and AppleCare for Apple TV options. It’s also worth noting that the senior adviser also said that this change only covers the iPhone, so it does not cover the iPad, iPod touch, or the Apple Watch.

For those devices, AppleCare+ can still only be added after 60 days.

“AppleCare+ costs $129 for most iPhones, and $99 for the iPhone SE, and extends an iPhone’s warranty coverage to two years from the original purchase date of the device, and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $29 for screen damage, or $99 for any other damage.”

So, good news moving forward. It’ll be better when AppleCare+’s initial purchase period extends to the one-year mark for other Apple products, like the iPad and Apple Watch, so hopefully that happens soon.

[via MacRumors]

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