Alongside Tuesday’s iPhone 5c and 5s announcements, Apple snuck in some changes to its AppleCare+ protection plans—some for the better, some not so much.
First off, dropping your pretty new iPhone just got a bit more expensive, as noticed by TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino. Although the purchase price of AppleCare+, the special variety of AppleCare for Apple phones and tablets, still costs $ 99, the price for each accidental-damage iPhone repair has increased from $ 49 per incident to $ 79. (You’re allowed two such repairs over the two-year life of the plan.) Existing iPhone AppleCare+ plans maintain the coverage and pricing promised at the time of purchase. The price of iPad accidental-damage repairs is unchanged at $ 49 per incident.
Although Apple’s site no longer lists headphones included with your device as being covered, Apple considers them part of the phone and continues to cover them.
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