Customers who purchase a new iPhone now have up to one year to buy AppleCare+ coverage for the handset. As long as the handset is still covered under it’s original one-year limited warranty, it is available for AppleCare+ coverage.
A customer that purchases a new iPhone now has up to one year to purchase AppleCare+ for the device, compared to 60 days previously, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. Apple has yet to update the fine print on its website, but MacRumors confirmed the extension with a senior AppleCare advisor.
The change in policy brings AppleCare+ for the iPhone in line with Apple’s AppleCare purchase policy for the Mac and Apple TV, which allows for AppleCare to be purchased within a year of the purchase date for either device.
MacRumors’ source indicated the extension only applies to the iPhone, and includes all iPhone purchased within the past year. Other sources indicate the new purchase window also applies to the iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch, but this hasn’t as yet been confirmed.
Apple care costs $99 for the iPhone SE, and $129 for other iPhone models. It extends the warranty to two years from the device’s original purchase data. It offers 24/7 access to AppleCare Advisors via phone or online chat. It also offers coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage. There is a service fee of $29 for a damaged screen, or $99 for any other damage.
To purchase AppleCare+ separately from the purchase of an iPhone, Apple will inspect the device to ensure there is no current damage to the device. Proof of purchase is required, and if purchased online, customers are required to verify their serial number and run a remote diagnostic test.
To check your iPhone for AppleCare+ eligibility, visit the Apple website.