You can now buy AppleCare+ one year after getting an iPhone


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If you’ve purchased a new iPhone in the last 12 months but failed to buy AppleCare+ to protect it, Apple is ready to cut you a break.

Apple has decided to extend the period in which iPhone buyers can get AppleCare+ to one full year from the data of purchase, after previously only letting you buy it within 60 days.

The new change in policy brings the iPhone’s AppleCare+ options in line with other devices like the Apple TV and Mac. Apple hasn’t officially updated its AppleCare+ website to reflect the changes, but a senior support rep confirmed them to MacRumors.

According to the report, the new extension only applies on the iPhone. Owners of the iPad and Apple Watch still have to buy AppleCare+ within the first 60 days. The change is retro-active and applies to all iPhones purchased in the last year.

AppleCare+ extends the warranty on devices from one year to two years. Coverage for most new iPhones cost $129 while AppleCare+ on the iPhone SE is only $99. Along with the extended warranty, AppleCare+ customers get two incidents of accidental damage coverage. Screen replacements cost $29 and full device replacements cost $99.

If you do want to buy AppleCare+ on your new iPhone, all you have to do is take the device into an Apple store for inspection.

  • December27

    I’m glad to hear it–but it’s too late for me. Nobody mentioned when I bought my iPhone in December 2015 that I had only 60 days–not T-Mobile where I bought it, nor Apple. I’m sure it’s in the fine print somewhere, but I never saw it; I assumed I had a year as with Macs. The one time I bought a Mac without getting Apple Care at the same time, I got email reminders from the company until I did get it. Where was that for my iPhone?

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