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Customers who have AirPods Pro that also purchased an AppleCare+ protection plan for $29 appear to be able to receive free replacement tips for their AirPods Pro.

Multiple MacRumors readers have reported being provided replacement tips at no cost after going through Apple's support repair steps for the AirPods Pro.

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From MacRumors reader Boshii:
I'm not sure if it's an AppleCare+ thing or not but I set up the replacement online and there was no fee. I was under the impression that there will be a cost even with AppleCare+.
AirPods Pro owners with AppleCare+ who want to order replacement tips can do so by going to the Apple support site, choosing the AirPods Pro, picking the option to replace an AirPod or an ear tip, selecting the option to replace the AirPods Pro ear tips, and then choosing the order replacement option.

When ordering replacement tips, Apple sends one pair in a specified size only, and it's not clear if there's a limit on the number of free replacement tips that can be ordered.

Apple's support site and the AppleCare+ page for headphones don't mention the possibility of free replacement tips, instead suggesting the tips will have a $3.95 replacement fee. Ordering AirPods tips without AppleCare+ incurs the aforementioned $3.95 fee.

Article Link: Apple Providing Free Replacement AirPods Pro Tips Under AppleCare+
 

Unity451

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Buy $250 earphones... get free replacement tips that cost less than 10¢ to make.
...and that's how you change the world.
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When ordering replacement tips, Apple sends one pair in a specified size only,
So technically, Apple is only replacing with 1/3 of what you would get if you went ahead and forked out the $3.99. What a deal for only $29 worth of Apple Care!

You da man, Tim!
 
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Will Tisdale 🎗

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Buy $250 earphones... get free replacement tips that cost less than 10¢ to make.
...and that's how you change the world.
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So technically, Apple is only replacing 1/3 of what you would get if you went ahead and forked out the $3.99. What a deal for only $29 worth of Apple Care!

You da man, Tim!

Hahaha. It makes no sense. Surely it would just be easier for them to send a retail pack of replacements. So bizarre (and incredibly stingy). But that’s Apple I guess. One day I’ll wise up and go elsewhere!
 
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BuffaloTF

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They better. You only need a damn vice to pinch them and then a damn crane to pull them off.
 
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AppleZilla

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Good to know. My right AirPod Pro went bad and I was able to go in, get a new one, and leave within 15 minutes. Without an appointment. I was shocked. Or just lucky.
 
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JPack

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Should this really be news?

Being able to get replacement tips for "free" with the additional $29 warranty? If Apple provided them to every owner without AppleCare+, then it would be news.
 
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Complex757

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Ear tips probably cost 10 cents max per pair to produce.

Apple is valued at over a trillion
 
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Jaime E

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When I called Apple about replacement tips, they were free under AppleCare+ but counted as an incident. You get two incidents under AppleCare. I opted to save my incidents for the possible loss or failure of an AirPod. I paid the money for the tips.
 
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jonblatho

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So technically, Apple is only replacing with 1/3 of what you would get if you went ahead and forked out the $3.99. What a deal for only $29 worth of Apple Care!

You da man, Tim!
Hahaha. It makes no sense. Surely it would just be easier for them to send a retail pack of replacements. So bizarre (and incredibly stingy). But that’s Apple I guess. One day I’ll wise up and go elsewhere!
There is no “retail pack” of replacement tips for AirPods Pro, and replacement tips must be ordered as a set of two tips of one size only. They must be ordered through a special page under AppleCare, not the Apple Store; that is, it’s not like the Apple Pencil replacement tips. You pay the $3.95 — or don’t, in exchange for one of two AppleCare+ incidents, apparently — select a size, and they ship out a pair in that size.

I opted to save my incidents for the possible loss or failure of an AirPod.
Not sure if you’re referring to physically losing an AirPod, but AppleCare+ for headphones doesn’t appear to cover loss/theft. Your mileage may vary.
 
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