Apple Stores trial extended eligibility periods for AppleCare+

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79 Apple Stores are part of the pilot.
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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.

iPhone XR repairs are surprisingly cheap

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The iPhone XR will feature Haptic Touch. But just what is that?
You should still buy AppleCare+.
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Apple has confirmed its pricing for iPhone XR repairs and it’s surprisingly reasonable.

It will certainly leave a dent in your bank account if you break your screen without AppleCare+, but repairing an iPhone XR doesn’t cost much more than repairing an iPhone 8. It’s considerably cheaper than fixing an iPhone XS or XS Max.