Apple & # 39; s comprehensive warranty, AppleCare +, has always covered iOS and Apple Watch devices for a total of two years. But after its iPhone 11 event, the company quietly introduced a new option that actually turns AppleCare + into a full monthly plan, allowing consumers to continue paying after the regular coverage period and continue as long as Apple can maintain their product. The change was spotted by 9to5Mac.
Apple had already offered monthly installments for AppleCare +, but that was just an alternative to paying a lump sum for the same two-year coverage rate. And it seems that Apple has now eliminated this payment option.
With the new approach, Apple uses the fairly clear wording of "monthly payment until canceled" 9to5Mac Note that you ultimately pay more through the monthly option for the standard 24-month coverage than if you chose to simply purchase that time period. The new subscription is really the best for people who plan to hold their gadgets for several years.
If you already have AppleCare + on a device, there seems to be no way to switch to the monthly plan. This is only for recent purchases; You have 60 days from the time you purchase a device to add AppleCare +.
AppleCare + usually covers two incidents of accidental damage for a given device for two years. If you opt for the monthly subscription, you are protected against two incidents for every 24 months coverage. The latest iPhones have tougher glass and improved water resistance, according to Apple's claims, so hopefully you don't have to worry about such accidents.
AppleCare + is part of Apple's services division, and this change to a model that will continue to pay for as long as you want can further increase the profit of services.
The indefinite AppleCare + coverage is not available for Mac computers, Apple TV & # 39; s or other products that still require prepayments. However, Apple also introduced AppleCare + for AirPods and Beats headphones, including the Powerbeats Pro. The extended warranty costs $ 29, but does not cover loss – one of the greater risks that owners of real wireless earbuds face.