With every new iPhone purchase, it’s important to weigh the cost of repairs against the value of Apple’s extended warranty. This year, Apple has raised repair costs for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Here’s the complete cost breakdown for out-of-warranty repairs:
- iPhone 6 Plus: $329
- iPhone 6: $299
- iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5: $269
- iPhone 4s: $199
- iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, Original iPhone: $149
Apple includes one year of limited coverage with every iPhone purchase, but that doesn’t cover accidental damage. The prices above are for the United States and exclude an additional $6.95 shipping fee.
Apple charges the following to replace an out-of-warranty screen by itself:
- iPhone 6: $109
- iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5: $129
The catch is that if Apple determines the device has undergone additional damage beyond the screen, it will charge a full service fee. So if you accidentally drop your 6 Plus and crack the screen, Apple could charge you a max of $335.95 to ship it to them and have it fixed.
That’s cheaper than having to pay the full retail of the device, but it’s still going to hurt. For battery replacements, Apple will provide a free swap for defective batteries within its one-year window of standard coverage. Beyond that, a new battery costs $79 plus shipping across the board.
AppleCare+ is the $99 extended warranty you can buy with a new iPhone to cover two accidental damage incidents. Apple will only charge a $79 service fee each time, so in the case of the 6 Plus, you could potentially save $250.
Or you could just not drop your phone.