AppleCare Plus now covers unlimited repairs

If you’re the type of person who always drops your phone, AppleCare Plus might just have become a much better deal. As MacRumors points out, the service now covers “unlimited repairs for accidental damage protection.” According to an archived version of the AppleCare Plus page from last month, you were limited to “two incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months.”

Before you toss your phone up in the air to celebrate, though, note that service fees and deductibles are still there — a screen or back glass repair will cost $29, while “other accidental damage” will cost you will cost $99. Also, Apple’s fine print makes it clear that the damage must be caused by “unexpected and unintended events” to fall under AppleCare Plus.

The service itself is, perhaps a bit surprisingly, still the same price. (Although it’s a recurring theme at Apple’s event on Wednesday). Getting it for a brand new iPhone 14 Pro will cost $9.99 per month or $199 for two years, the same price it used to cost to cover an iPhone 13 Pro. However, covering the iPhone 14 Plus costs more than covering the standard iPhone 14 or iPhone 13: it’s $8.99 per month versus $7.99 per month – or $30 more if you buy the two-year plan.

The service upgrade isn’t just for the phones Apple announced on Wednesday. You can also get it for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, as well as for the rest of the Apple range. Yes, this will also cover you if you continue to accidentally send your AirPods in the wash, drop your iPad off the counter, break your watch in a fall, or sit on your MacBook Pro. (This also applies to the Apple TV and HomePod Mini, but I have a hard time imagining how you could break a device that’s mostly around the house.) I couldn’t find a single example of price. for increasing coverage, although getting AppleCare Plus for the Apple Watch Ultra costs a bit more than it does for the Series 8.

The change is also retroactive. I purchased AppleCare Plus for my iPhone 12 in December 2020 and received an email from Apple on Friday that my plan “now protects your covered device against an unlimited number of incidents of accidental damage due to manipulation”. The email continued saying that the extra protection was free and I didn’t have to do anything to activate it.

One last important thing to note: If you have AppleCare Plus with Theft and Loss Protection, replacements for stolen or misplaced iPhones are still limited to two per year. You’ll still get Unlimited Repairs, but if you lose your iPhone completely more than twice a year, you’re out of luck – even if you don’t look very lucky to begin with.

Updated September 9, 9:45 p.m. ET: Updated to note that changes to AppleCare Plus are retroactive.

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