Once, Apple is making improvements to the period that consumers need to buy its extended AppleCare+ coverage for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more. According to Bloomberg, after buying whatever product you are protecting, the organization has extended coverage for AppleCare+ to a whole year. Retail employees and customer service workers were told about the move on Monday, but no changes are still reflected on Apple’s website.
Mac customers used to have a year-long window to decide on buying extended warranties from Apple, but when the company introduced accidental loss provisions to the plans, the timeframe narrowed to 60 days. Apple has gone back and forth on how long iPhone consumers have, alternating more than once between a year and the latest 60 days. And if you didn’t have the extended warranty last September on your iPhone 11, you now have a fresh chance to lengthen coverage — and fixes are much easier when you have AppleCare+.
As reported by MacRumors last year, some Apple stores had already been testing the extended timeframe for purchasing AppleCare+.
AppleCare+ offers one additional year of warranty coverage for iPhones and iPads when bought upfront, and two additional years for Mac, plus covers accidental injury. (Physical damage is also deductible regardless of product.) AppleCare+ is also available for Apple Watch, AirPods and Beats headphones, HomePod, Pro XDR monitor, and iPod touch. Apple has said the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the demand for AppleCare+ as consumers rethink their spending during an economic downturn. Giving them more time could help to further improve the services business of the company.
When you buy AppleCare+ for a computer you already own, you will need to check it in an Apple store or via a diagnostic test when you order over the internet.