Apple sneaks in changes to AppleCare+


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.

Oh my! Apple upped the per-incident cost for damaged iPhones to $ 79.

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