AppleCare+ covers far more damage than it used to

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AppleCare provides extended insurance for so many Apple products.
All these Apple products can be protected with AppleCare+.
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Apple just made its AppleCare+ breakage insurance cover more accidents. In some cases, twice and even three times as many.

The program now offers deeply-discounted repairs on two accidents for every twelve months of coverage. Previously, it only covered a total of two repairs.

Apple gives you more time to add AppleCare+ breakage insurance to your new device

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The window to buy into AppleCare+ breakage insurance is reportedly expanding enormously. Purchasing this service adds accidental damage coverage to an iPhone, Mac or other Apple product. The deadline after buying a new device is currently 60 days, but that’s apparently lengthening to up to a year.

Apple now offers AppleCare+ monthly plans in Canada, Australia, and Japan

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AppleCare+ gives you month-by-month rolling protection for your Apple device.
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Apple is expanding its AppleCare+ monthly plan outside the United States for the first time. It is making it available in Canada, Japan, and Australia as well.

The month-by-month coverage hasn’t launched yet in these countries. However, Apple has revealed that it is coming to these markets in one of its official support documents.

AppleCare+ for iPad Pro includes coverage for new Magic Keyboard

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AppleCare+ accidental damage coverage can apply to keyboards under the right circumstances.
An iPad’s AppleCare+ accidental damage coverage plan protects these keyboards too.
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The just-released iPad Pro Magic Keyboard costs more than some iPads, and it’s possible to get AppleCare+ repair insurance for it. Just not directly.

Purchasing AppleCare+ adds accidental damage coverage to an iPad, as well as some Apple-branded accessories. That includes keyboards, like the very expensive one that debuted last week.

AppleCare+ for iPhone SE gets $50 price cut

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The iPhone SE is the cheapest new iPhone you can own.
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The new iPhone SE comes with one of the lowest-ever pricetags for a new iPhone. Keeping the new device safe from accidental damage is also ridiculously cheap compared to other iPhones as Apple cut $50 off the price tag for AppleCare+ on the iPhone SE.

Apple Stores trial extended eligibility periods for AppleCare+

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Some Apple Stores in the U.S. and Canada are trialling extended eligibility periods for AppleCare+, according to a new report.

The trial, which started this week, allows Apple’s extended warranty plan to be purchased beyond the usual 60-day window. But devices must be inspected by the Genius Bar first.

AppleCare+ now offers monthly rolling subscription

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You can now pay by the month.
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Apple has updated AppleCare+ so that it can be paid for on an indefinite rolling monthly basis.

Customers can now continue to receive AppleCare+ coverage for as long as they’re willing to keep paying. (Or, presumably, until Apple is unable to repair your device.) This is in contrast to the previous upfront fixed term customers could buy for Apple devices.

How to check your iPhone’s warranty expiration date in iOS 12.2

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This may be too far gone for a warranty repair.
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iOS 12.2 brought many changes and additions to the iPhone and iPad — four new Animoji (giraffe! boar!), better-quality voice messages — but one handy new feature may go unnoticed unless you know where to look. Now, you can check the expiration date of your iPhone or iPad warranty right there on the device itself.