Back in September, ahead of the launch of the Apple quietly made a change to its protection service plans. Instead of covering two incidents of accidental damage every 24 months, it will now cover two incidents every 12 months — doubling the number of times you can get your screen repaired at a super discounted price., and a slew of other hardware, software and services products,
Most Apple devices come with a one-year limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary technical support. Purchasing AppleCare Plus for your device extends that support. You can choose to buy AppleCare Plus coverage when you purchase a new iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch or other Apple device, or within 60 days of purchase, either online, by phone or at an Apple Store.
If you’re in the market for an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Mini, will cost you $8 a month, or $149 up front. Or, you can buy for $11.49 a month, or $199 up front. Under the new contract, both plans include up to two incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months. You’ll be charged $29 for screen damage or $99 for other damage. (In comparison, if you took your phone to an Apple Store to get the screen replaced out of warranty, it would cost $279.)
If you add on the Theft and Loss protection, it will cost you $149 to replace your phone if it’s stolen or lost. If you buy an, the price for AppleCare goes up to $9.99 a month, or $13.49 a month for the added Theft and Loss protection.
Whether or not you should purchasedepends on a few things, including how accident-prone you tend to be with your phone, and how worried you are about it getting lost or stolen. But if you’re for one of the new iPhone 12 models, it may be worth it for the peace of mind, and to save you from extra costs down the line.
Extending AppleCare benefits is another move Apple has made to improve its services offerings. Apple’s services business, including Apple Music and , rose . Last week, Apple rolled out its new service bundle , which brings together different combinations of subscriptions including Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, storage service iCloud and the newly revealed under one price.
Services now account for $56.3 billion of the tech giant’s overall revenue, or 18%, according to Ray Wang, principal analyst and founder of Constellation Research. And they are expected to grow to 25% of that revenue in the next two years, he added.
However, there’s also reason to believe that iPhone 12 users won’t need as much accidental damage protection, since the new ceramic screen on those phones is much tougher than in the past — and .
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