AppleCare+ for iPhone and iPad: Is it Worth It?

AppleCare+ for iPhone and iPad: Is it Worth It?

So, you just bought a new iPhone or iPad (or are planning to buy one). That’s great! Now it’s time to think about protecting and taking care of your new device. No matter how careful you are, things can happen to your device, and AppleCare is one way to make sure all your bases remain covered.

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Is AppleCare+ worth it?

The answer to this question is almost always yes. The $99 AppleCare+ plan offered for the iPhone (4S and later) and the iPad (3rd-gen and later) not only extends your warranty to a full two years, but also covers up to 2 incidents of accidental damage protection (with a $79 fee per each claim). If you’re at all accident prone, or think there’s even a remote chance that your iPad may encounter problems (like a stuck home button) after the first year, it would be wise to purchase AppleCare.

At $99, AppleCare+ is a very affordable extended warranty, and you’ll most likely see its value time and time again as you use your device. In the real world, devices break. People drop their iPads. These things happen. You may as well be prepared when they do.

While there are other options, like a third-party warranty through SquareTrade, having both your device support and accidental damage policies with Apple has its benefits, as they’re likely to be the first number that you call when something foes wrong with your device anyway.

It’s also worth noting that you don’t have to make your decision right away – you have up to 30 days to purchase an AppleCare plan from the time your online order shipped, or from your date of purchase in the Apple Store.

My advice is to buy an AppleCare+ policy. You just spend hundreds of dollars on a new device, so you may as well pay the extra $99 to protect your device. Your plan will pay for itself, and then some, after breaking your device (or making an out-of-warranty service call) just one time. That’s a smart way to ensure your peace of mind.

* Updated for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s (9/17/2013)

  1. Bloom says:

    Useless article… Could’ve gotten the same advice from a friend… Lack of logical reasoning

    1. Thanks! We appreciate you taking the time to read our article and post that comment.

      1. Maestro says:

        Very diplomatic of you.
        I wonder why people bother posting when they have nothing intelligent to say

    2. Appster says:

      Not every article has to be earth shattering news. This article served as the final push I needed to finally get something I’ve been putting off.

  2. Tom Davis says:

    Squaretrade is literally better.

  3. Gayle Rupert says:

    Actually, you can get legitimate Apple Care from ebay for half the price. I have done that for every Apple device I have ever owned (which is a LOT), and have had nary a problem. I got the tip from my Mac guy who is an Apple fanatic like you couldn’t imagine.

    1. Actually, AppleCare+ is only available from Apple, and can only be purchased with a new device (or within 30 days).

      1. Gayle Rupert says:

        Wrong!

        1. Check your facts before you make yourself look foolish: http://www.apple.com/support/products/iphone.html

          Check the “Important Notes” section.

        2. Gayle Rupert says:

          Okay, Apple Care + adds the benefit of covering a damaged product. But, I’m still not sure if you’re correct. I will check, however.

          1. AppleCare is available anywhere. AppleCare+ is only available from Apple. It’s also the only version of AppleCare available for new iPhones, as of the 4S.

          2. Gayle Rupert says:

            Ahhhh…and freedom of speech is available anywhere but here. I see how it is.

  4. moldor says:

    This is where we have it better in Australia – the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has ruled that of the phone is part of a contract then the warranty is automatically extended to the length of the contract – i.e. 24 months. So Applecare is a rip off.

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