AppleCare+ Now Has A Subscription Model, New Plan Covering AirPods And Beats Headphones Now Available As Well
Apple has quietly enacted a number of changes to its AppleCare+ offering on the back of its “By Innovation Only” event. Executed in stealth, the changes affect how customers can pay for AppleCare+ on a monthly basis as well as expanding the product coverage to specific Apple headphones.
Let’s tackle this one-by-one. Firstly, it seems that AppleCare+ is now applicable to its AirPods hardware as well as some Beats headphones and earphones.
It is possible to take out AppleCare+ on those compatible products which have been purchased in the last 60-days in order to gain cover for accidental damage, with the product being the very definition of affordable at just $29.00. Apple has documented the offering:
Every set of AirPods, Beats earphones, or Beats headphones comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ extends your coverage to two years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $29, plus applicable tax. In addition, you’ll get 24/7 priority access to Apple experts via chat or phone.
So, in addition to the AppleCare+ charge, an additional service fee will be applicable. Additionally, the Cupertino-based company appears to have made some changes to its existing AppelCare+ terms and conditions to allow consumers to pay a rolling month-by-month basis indefinitely. Previous versions of AppleCare+ had been in place for a pre-defined period of time, such as two or three years.
(AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Series 5)
The new information published by Apple suggests customers can simply keep rolling with AppleCare+ for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch coverage:
For Monthly Plans, your Plan Term is one (1) month. Your Plan will automatically renew each month unless cancelled as set forth in the “Cancellation” Section 9 below, including in the event that Apple is no longer able to service your Covered Equipment due to the unavailability of service parts, in which case Apple will provide you with thirty (30) days’ prior written notice of cancellation, or as otherwise required by law.
The above change also appears to reflected in Apple’s online checkout for AppleCare+ with the new purchase options marked as “Pay monthly until canceled.”