Apple’s special event took place earlier this week on Tuesday. The tech giants made all sorts of announcements from the new iPhone 11 to the Series 5 Apple Watch. They even shared information regarding the upcoming Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. But there was one little change that they did not mention during the event. It is concerning Apple’s warranty program AppleCare+.
The big change is that Apple will now be offering its extended warranty AppleCare+ as monthly subscription service. For a certain monthly fee, users can get warranty for their iDevice (iPhone, iPad or the Apple Watch). This will give users a warranty period of 2 years for their devices. They can cancel their subscription at any time. But for as long as they are paying, Apple will be obligated to service their damaged iPhones (or iDevices). This offer however only applies to new purchases and will not be valid for older iDevices. Buyers of the new iPhone, iPad or the Apple Watch will have 60 days to decide whether or not they want to purchase the monthly subscription. If they decide to do so, they will be charged for a total of 24 months. This could incentivize users who don’t want to spend an extra $149 on the AppleCare+ package but wouldn’t mind spending $7.99 a month. It would also mean a new constant flow of revenue for Apple.
But over the course of two years, users could actually end up paying more than with the current one time format of the AppleCare+ packages. The one time package costs $149. The subscription package costs $7.99 a month, and over the course of 24 months, that could set the user back $191.
Here’s the change to the new AppleCare+ legal document that was noticed by 9to5Mac:
Here is how Apple explains its new monthly payment model in the “Plan Term and Renewal” section of the new AppleCare+ legal document:
For Monthly Plans, your Plan Term is one (1) month. Your Plan will automatically renew each month unless cancelled as set forth in the “Cancellation” Section 9 below, including in the event that Apple is no longer able to service your Covered Equipment due to the unavailability of service parts, in which case Apple will provide you with thirty (30) days’ prior written notice of cancellation, or as otherwise required by law.
The New iPhone
Apple revealed its brand new iPhone among a range of other services and iDevices this Tuesday. The new iPhone will hit the shelves on September 20, and will set buyers back quite a bit. The new iPhone comes in three different versions: the base iPhone 11 with its dual camera setup for $699. The iPhone 11 Pro with its 5.8-inch display and triple camera setup starts at $999 (although the realistic price could go much higher). Finally, the iPhone Pro Max with its 6.5-inch display and triple camera setup will start at $1099.
Apple has tried to justify its price range with a range of new features like a new ultra-wide angle lens on the pro versions and the new A13 Bionic chip, among others. But that doesn’t change the fact that these are still expensive phones. Buyers may indeed find AppleCare+ appealing.