Apple has updated the terms and conditions of the AppleCare+ protection for the Apple Watch to include batteries that are not able to retain 80 percent of their original capacity during the extended warranty period.
Previously, the company only included batteries under an in-warranty repair under AppleCare+ if they are able to retain less than 50 percent of their original capacity. The new changes are applicable for all variants of the Apple Watch: Sport, Apple Watch and Edition.
“If during the Plan Term, you submit a valid claim by notifying Apple that (i) a defect in materials and workmanship has arisen in the Covered Equipment, or (ii) the capacity of the Covered Equipment’s battery to hold an electrical charge is less than eighty percent (80%) of its original specifications, Apple will either (A) repair the defect at no charge, using new parts or parts that are equivalent to new in performance and reliability, or (B) exchange the Covered Equipment, with a replacement product that is new or equivalent to new in performance and reliability.”
This means that if you take AppleCare+ for your Apple Watch, you will be able to get its battery replaced within the warranty period down the line if the battery is unable to retain up to 80% of its original capacity. For now though, the new terms of AppleCare+ are only applicable for consumers in the United States and Canada.
AppleCare+ for the Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch costs $49 and $59, respectively, which extends the warranty by 2 years, while AppleCare+ for the Apple Watch Edition costs $1,500 and extends its warranty by 3 years from the original date of purchase.
Update: The new AppleCare+ terms are also valid for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. This means that during the extended warranty period, you will be able to get the battery of your iPhone, iPad or iPod replaced if it is unable to retain at least 80 percent of its original capacity.[Via MacRumors]