Apple has raised the price of AppleCare+ warranty coverage for the Apple Watch Series 4, charging $79, up from $49 for previous models. The increase likely covers the Series 4’s more expensive components, which include integrated ECG sensors.
Apple will allow buyers to pay for AppleCare+ for their new Watch in installments, which will run $3.99 per month for 24 months.
Apple unveiled the latest lineup of Apple Watch wearables at its big shindig on Wednesday. The new Apple Watch lineup boasts a larger display, a new S4 system-on-a-chip, an all-ceramic back new internal sensors, and a new heart rate monitoring system capable of generating an electrocardiogram (ECG).
All of the above add up to a device that will likely cost more to repair than its predecessors.
The new AppleCare+ pricing is for aluminum and stainless steel Series 4 models, the Nike+ versions, and includes both GPS and GPS+Cellular models. Coverage for Apple Watch Hermes editions remains the same as last year, at $99.
AppleCare+ extends the Apple Watch warranty coverage to two years form the date of purchase. Up to two incidents of incidental damage are covered, although there will be a $69 deductible for each occurrence, or $79 in the case of the Hermes models.