While buying an iPhone or any other Apple product, you may have seen the option to buy AppleCare+ at the checkout page. While you can hazard a guess that this has something to do with product warranty and support, you may not be sure what it actually entails. How is it any different from Apple’s standard warranty? In this article, we draw a comparison between AppleCare vs AppleCare+ and help you figure out which one you should go for.
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AppleCare vs AppleCare+: Differences Explained
Every new smartphone comes with a product warranty. The warranty on Apple’s products is called AppleCare. Every iPhone comes with free AppleCare for one year. This means that any malfunction or defect will be fixed free of cost by the manufacturer, which in this case is Apple. AppleCare covers software as well as hardware-related defects. What it does not cover is accidental damage done by the user of the device. So, if you accidentally cracked your iPhone’s display, it will not be covered by AppleCare. You also get free 90-day technical support with AppleCare, which means if you encounter any trouble while setting up the phone, you can contact Apple Support at any time.
AppleCare+ is Apple’s premium warranty plan. You have to pay extra for this warranty coverage. First off, AppleCare+ adds an extra year to your product’s standard warranty. On top of that, your Apple device is also covered for any accidental damages. This means Apple will repair your iPhone free of cost even if you drop it and break it. That’s not even the best part. As long as your device is under AppleCare+ warranty period, you can bring it in for accidental damage repair any number of times. This means even if you break the display of one device multiple times, Apple will repair it free of cost every single time.
There are other benefits of getting AppleCare+ as well. You get global repair coverage with this premium warranty package. This means no matter where you are in the world, you can get your Apple device repaired free of cost, given there is an Apple-authorised repair centre nearby. You also get free battery replacement if the battery health drops below 80%. What we like about AppleCare+ is the added benefit of getting a temporary replacement device issued to you while Apple repairs the device that you brought in.
AppleCare vs AppleCare+: Which one to go for?
There are a lot of factors that determine whether you should pay extra for AppleCare+. The primary factor is the device you own. If you are looking to get the premium warranty package for Apple TV or Apple HomePod, then it may not be worth it. This is because these two devices are supposed to stay in one place most of the time and aren’t prone to physical damage. This is also why the AppleCare+ package for these devices costs significantly lower than others.
Devices like iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks are more prone to accidental damage. This is why AppleCare+ makes more sense for them. Currently, AppleCare+ for iPhone costs Rs 8,900 which seems like a good deal if you consider you’re getting 2 years of warranty which also covers accidental damages. If you don’t like putting a case around your phone, with AppleCare+ you can fearlessly handle your iPhone.
At the end of the day, the decision boils down to how safe you are with your device. If your smartphone handling habits lie on the reckless side, getting AppleCare+ for your iPhone makes more sense. You can purchase AppleCare+ only within the first 60 days of buying the Apple product.
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This is all you need to know about AppleCare vs AppleCare+. In certain countries AppleCare+ also covers your iPhone for two instances of theft. While Apple doesn’t cover the entire cost of replacement, you can still get a new iPhone for a significantly reduced price. The only prerequisite is that Find My iPhone should be turned on in the lost or stolen iPhone. This coverage is not available in India.
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