Apple not only announced a new iPhone today, but also updated its AppleCare program for iPhone. Today, the company has introduced AppleCare+ for iPhone. AppleCare+ for iPhone is a new extended warranty service that combines tech support, software support, and the company’s first accidental plan.
Earlier, AppleCare used to be offered for $69, but today the new $99 AppleCare+ for iPhone replaces that program. AppleCare+ extends an iPhone’s repair coverage and technical support to two years from the original purchase date but also adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to an owner’s poor handling of the device.
Each accidental damage incident is subject to a $49 service fee and is available only for the iPhone and its included accessories. In addition, the company promises that customers taking advantage will receive either a new or refurbished iPhone.
AppleCare+ offers software troubleshooting and telephone-based technical support, while also offering customers with repair needs the option for mail-in or carry-in repairs, and an express replacement service.
Replacement costs for an out-of-contract iPhone can cost hundreds to replace new or $200 through Apple.