What is AppleCare +?
Most iPhone owners know what AppleCare + is and how it works. For those who do not, AppleCare + can help users pay significantly less for Apple device repairs in the event of an accident, much less than a comparable repair if AppleCare has not been purchased in advance.
For exle, if an Apple screen is cracked or accidentally damaged in some way, it costs $ 299 to recover, about 75 percent of the value of the self. With AppleCare + you are covered for up to two incidents of accidental damage and you only have to pay $ 69 instead of $ 299 for each.
Now you might think that I will not damage my Apple in any way, but it is still necessary that people have their portable devices repaired by Apple.
Let's say you have a stainless steel Apple Series 4 with LTE. The price of repair is still only $ 69 with AppleCare +, while the price outside the warranty amounts to a huge $ 9 to recover.
If you own the Hermes edition, AppleCare + is $ 20 more expensive, but that makes sense because it starts at $ 1.9.
Apple does offer a limited warranty for one year, but that only applies to factory faults and not to accidental damage. If the screen bursts, you are out of luck and have to pay the full repair costs.
It's similar for iPhones, with a cracked screen repair for the iPhone XS Max costs $ 329 without AppleCare +, while it's $ 29 for each of the two accidents according to the Apple plan.
You may think that you can just get an aftermarket display for $ 30 and that it will be as new. Take it from everyone who has made it, that the quality is bad and it is incredibly easy to crack the screen again after this kind of repairs.
Back Glass and personal lessons
The true value of AppleCare + for new iPhones lies with the rear glass, as it is counted by Apple as "other damage". Break the back glass of the iPhone XS Max and it costs $ 599 for repair via Apple if you do not have AppleCare +, more than half the price of the device, compared to $ 99 if you do.
The worst thing is that it is almost impossible to repair this yourself without damaging your phone.
If someone accidentally broke the rear window on their iPhone 8 Plus without AppleCare + coverage, I can confirm that this can be expensive.
The Jump On Demand plan from T-Mobile requires that your iPhone is in good condition to exchange it for a new device, and I was clearly not planning to pay $ 400 to restore the backup and then exchange phone for next to nothing. I finally paid the remaining $ 475 to buy the phone and I could barely sell it on a $ 400 craigslist.
So in the end I lost $ 75 and that is excluding all the monthly payments I made in the plan.
This time I went with Apple's iPhone upgrade program, including AppleCare + coverage, for both my wife and me.
Here is the kicker for many users who think that paying for AppleCare + is too much on top of the cost of the device. For the very first time, Apple has introduced an AppleCare + option for the monthly payment plan, where customers can now pay $ 3.99 per month for 24 months instead of $ 79 in advance.
That's almost $ 17 more expensive in the long run, but it's certainly easier to buy AppleCare + because it brings the price down to a chic cup of coffee. .
To make things even better, monthly payment options are not only available on the Apple Series 4, they are also available for the Series 3 and each individual iPhone currently listed on the Apple website. This includes even the new iPhone XS, XS Max and even the upcoming XR.
For the new iPhone XS, instead of paying $ 199 for AppleCare +, you can pay $ 24 per month for 24 months, making it easier to get cover.
Theft and loss
Another change is the addition of an option theft and loss for the AppleCare + plans.
If you had followed the iPhone upgrade program in the past and your phone was stolen or lost, you should continue to pay for a phone you do not even have, even if you have paid AppleCare +. The plan simply does not cover cases where the device itself has been stolen or if it is missing.
Under AppleCare + with theft and loss you can now pay an extra $ 4.16 per month on top, to make sure you will not be stuck in that situation when the worst happens.
If your brand new iPhone XS Max is stolen, a completely new replacement costs just $ 269 instead of $ 1,099, making the extra cost worthwhile.
If you are not in the iPhone upgrade program, you still have the option to add theft and loss, but it costs $ 5 per month on top of the normal AppleCare + coverage.
All in all, Apple's new monthly payment option makes it a lot easier to get AppleCare + coverage for every new iPhone or Apple. Given the insanely high costs of back-glass repairs on new iPhones, the coverage of AppleCare + is more rewarding than ever before.
In addition, $ 4 or $ 5 a month more for theft and loss protection is a good idea for anyone who has lost his or her phone. If you use AppleCare +, it is advisable to add theft and loss unless you are absolutely certain that you will not lose your phone or allow it to be taken out of your possession.