Apple is extending the period of time some customers have to purchase AppleCare+ after an initial purchase. Customers usually have 60 days after a device purchase to purchase AppleCare+, but Apple is extending that to one full year for some device purchases in the United States and Canada.
Bloomberg, who reported on the move, does not specify whether the new policy applies to all AppleCare+ plans or just plans for the iPhone. As mentioned by MacRumors, Apple’s own support documents on AppleCare+ have not yet been updated.
Apple reportedly told its retail staff and customer support folks about the extension this morning, telling them that the change gives customers “another opportunity to protect their device and have access to all the AppleCare+ benefits.”
The extended AppleCare+ purchase option is available for customers who pay for AppleCare+ in full or for those who subscribe via installments on their Apple Card credit card. Any AppleCare+ purchases after a customer has had a device for an extended period of time will need to have their device screened by a retail employee to check for damage prior to purchase.