Key Takeaways:

  • Apple offers a number of insurance and warranty services that all fall under the AppleCare umbrella.
  • AppleCare is an extended warranty and AppleCare+ is an insurance that covers accidental damage and general wear and tear.
  • AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss offers coverage for everything, including lost or stolen items.

Apple offers a number of extended warranty and insurance plans to consumers who have recently purchased one of their devices. If you have recently bought an iPhone, iPad, or Macbook, you may be wondering if Apple insurance is worth it.

Is AppleCare+ Worth the Price?

Generally speaking, AppleCare and its variants are worth the price, as iPhones and such are extremely expensive pieces of technology. Of course, this will vary on which type of AppleCare plan you select, your budget, and the device that is being covered.

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Everything You Need to Know About AppleCare

There are three main types of AppleCare coverage available for Apple gadgets, such as iPads, Apple Watches, Air Pods, Macbooks, and more. These coverage plans are in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, which usually lasts 90 days.

Regular AppleCare

Standard base level AppleCare plans are essentially an extended manufacturer’s warranty. That means that one of these AppleCare plans will cover issues related to manufacturing errors, faulty parts, and the like. Accidental damage will not be covered here, nor will theft and loss. Plans last around two to three years, depending on the device. It is worth noting that Apple has begun phasing out these minimized plans, likely due to the fact that they haven’t been as profitable as AppleCare+ plans.

Tip: Standard base level AppleCare plans are essentially an extended manufacturer’s warranty

Warning: Accidental damage will not be covered here, nor will theft and loss

Warning: It is worth noting that Apple has begun phasing out these minimized plans, likely due to the fact that they haven’t been as profitable as AppleCare+ plans

AppleCare+

AppleCare+ is a plan that goes beyond the types of coverage typically offered by an extended warranty. In other words, these plans will cover manufacturing errors and faulty parts, but will also offer benefits for general wear and tear and even cover issues related to accidental damage. AppleCare+ also offers consumers 24/7 access to a live customer service representative and replacement services for items that have been damaged beyond repair. The cost of the individual plan varies depending on the gadget being covered, but a repair deductible will cost anywhere from $29 to $99.

Tip: AppleCare+ also offers consumers 24/7 access to a live customer service representative and replacement services for items that have been damaged beyond repair

Warning: The cost of the individual plan varies depending on the gadget being covered, but a repair deductible will cost anywhere from $29 to $99

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AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss

As the name suggests, AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss provides additional coverage to the aforementioned AppleCare+ plans. These plans will cover just about any issue that arises, including theft, loss, damage related to manufacturing errors, faulty parts, and accidental damage. Of course, any repairs will be subject to the fees mentioned above. There will also be a fee accrued for an item replacement, in the event of theft or loss. These fees vary depending on the device, but an iPhone replacement will cost $149.

Tip: These plans will cover just about any issue that arises, including theft, loss, damage related to manufacturing errors, faulty parts, and accidental damage

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STAT:

Most AppleCare plans extend the original warranty from one year to three years, which covers you for defects that aren’t your fault. Phone and chat support is extended from 90 days to three years as well. (Source)

Sources:

https://www.apple.com/support/products/

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624

https://www.apple.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AppleCare

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdjjRMhsQQU

Is AppleCare+ Worth the Price FAQ

Is AppleCare+ for Mac worth it?

It can be, particularly if you bring your laptop with you on trips. AppleCare+ allows for six repair claims within the entirety of a whole plan.

Can I buy AppleCare later?

In most countries and regions, you can buy AppleCare+ within 60 days of your device purchase. This time limit could be as long as one year if you live in certain areas.

Does AppleCare cover cracked screens?

AppleCare+ will replace a cracked screen for a flat fee of $29.

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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