Reports today indicate AppleCare+ for Apple Watch will be offered at $59, $79, and $999 for the Sport, stainless steel, and Edition models, respectively.
According to the claimed internal Apple screenshots, AppleCare+ for the entry-level aluminum Apple Watch Sport will be priced at $59, while AppleCare+ for the middle-tier stainless steel Apple Watch with Sport Band will be priced at $79. AppleCare+ for a $15,000 gold Apple Watch Edition will be significantly more expensive at $999. It is unclear from the information we have received whether band choice will affect AppleCare+ pricing, as band prices vary significantly.
While MacRumors says while it can’t confirm the reports, they are also hearing the same information from another source, and 9to5Mac is reporting the same information.
If a customer doesn’t purchase AppleCare+ the Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch will carry a limited one-year warranty, covering hardware repairs. Those customers will get 90 days of complimentary support. The Edition Watch will be covered by a two-year warranty and complimentary support.
AppleCare + bumps the warranty for aluminum Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch models up to two years from the date of purchase, and it will cover accidental damage. Apple Watch Edition coverage is extended to three years with AppleCare+.
No word on what the fee for accidental damage repairs will be for the Watch, but for comparison, iPhone AppleCare+ coverage requires a $79 service fee for each incident.
AppleCare+ for Apple Watch will be available as an add-on both online and in the store. Apple allows iPhone customers to buy AppleCare+ coverage for up to 60 days after the initial iPhone purchase, so the company will likely adopt a similar policy with the Watch.