AppleCare+ Renewable Monthly Payment Plans Now Available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last year, Apple added monthly payment options to some of its AppleCare+ protection plans on select devices, and now the company has decided to make them even more flexible: On Tuesday, it began offering rolling monthly subscription plans that automatically renew until canceled by the customer.

    AppleCare+ renewable monthly plan offered at checkout

    As reported by 9to5Mac, customers purchasing an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch can now continue to pay for monthly AppleCare+ coverage for as long as they like, or until Apple can no longer service the device.

    The key change in the company's new AppleCare+ legal document was spotted in the following passage, which sets out the terms of Apple's monthly plans.
    When purchasing an Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone, or iPad via Apple's online store, the change is explicit. Customers who choose AppleCare+ are now asked if they want to "Pay monthly until canceled," as opposed to paying for two years of coverage outright.

    However, the subscription-style monthly plans aren't universally available on the Apple Store. For Macs, Apple TV, HomePod, and other AppleCare+ eligible products, Apple is still only offering upfront fixed term payment plans.

    It's also worth noting that the monthly AppleCare+ plans do cost more than paying an upfront price. For example, an AppleCare+ plan for Apple Watch Series 5 totals $95.76 when paid monthly for two years, whereas paying for 24 months of coverage upfront costs $79.

    Still, it does mean customers who want coverage beyond the two (or in some cases three) years now have the ability to subscribe and the flexibility to cancel whenever they choose.

    Apple has yet to open orders for the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, so the AppleCare+ options don't show yet, but we do know that upfront pricing is going to be $149 and $199, respectively, for those models, and we can be fairly sure that the new monthly rolling plans will be extended to them, too.

    Article Link: AppleCare+ Renewable Monthly Payment Plans Now Available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch
  2. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    This sounds like a decent option for those who keep their current iPhone for three years.
  3. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Not sure if I’m missing something, but I’ve had AppleCare on a monthly basis since last years’ Apple Watch Series 4 and iPhone XS Max came out. How is this different from this year?
  4. QquegChristian macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    You can keep paying for the coverage after 2 years.

    I was just thinking that now that I’ve decided to keep my X a third year that a mishap this year would be a big blow without coverage and end up costing me almost as much out of pocket to fix as selling my phone and upgrading to the 11 Pro now.
  5. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
  6. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    You’d think the article title would reflect that instead. Thanks for clarifying.
  7. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Yeah a lot of these new articles are confusing. This 1 included.

    I still don’t see where Apple says you can still pay for AppleCare beyond 2 years. Let me look again Lol.
  8. Canubis macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2008
    Vienna, Austria
    Can one really count on this for more than 2 years? Who says Apple won't just cancel the plans beyond 2 years or after the first incident?
  9. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Re-reading the article, it looks like the 3 year time frame is a MacRumors and not Apple statement. Apple appears to be now offering coverage that will go beyond the traditional 2 years of AppleCare+ on a month-to-month basis, and there doesn't appear to be any time limit on that. However, this timeframe isn't truly unlimited:

    "including in the event that Apple is no longer able to service your Covered Equipment due to the unavailability of service parts, in which case Apple will provide you with thirty (30) days' prior written notice of cancellation, or as otherwise required by law"

    My guess is that coverage can continue so as long as Apple can service the device, and it's not considered obsolete per below list:

    MacRumors appears to be hinting at the fact that this new extended coverage option is perfect for users that keep their phones beyond the usual 2 year coverage period Apple has historically offered, but it's not necessarily limited to 3 years.

    Unfortunately, it would appear you still can't add AppleCare+ after 60 days from purchase of the item.
  10. bronksy macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2006

    So you can buy the plan on the 2 year plan then roll into a pay monthly if you want- OR do you have to start paying monthly from the beginning if you want to roll past the 2 years?
  11. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Ah ok that makes sense. Very interesting. Thanks for clarifying.
  12. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    That part I’m not sure of. Probably have to contact Apple, or read the fine print.
  13. gsmornot macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2014
    I want to convert my current plan to monthly.
  14. dougal55 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    --- Post Merged, Sep 11, 2019 ---
    I recently bought my new iPhone XR so I still have time to use AppleCare but there isl still no monthly subscription available for me. Why not?
  15. Ant2369 macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2011
    This is awesome! And something that’s been sought after for a very long time
  16. curtis242 macrumors member


    Aug 22, 2017
    Anyone know if they are bringing the monthly plan to the UK
  17. CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    This was, unexpectedly, one of the more difficult decisions while ordering a new watch yesterday - $40/yr for 2 years fixed, or $50ish every year as long as I keep the watch. Ended up going with the old-style 2 year upfront plan for a couple reasons: a slight revulsion to yet-one-more subscription, and figuring that the first two years is kind of a sweet spot - if something goes wrong a year from now the watch still feels new, and it's a major pain point, while if something goes wrong in 3 or 4 years (I've had my S0 since launch), you're more likely to be looking longingly at a new one anyway. Four years from now, for instance, the monthly cost would add up to $191.52 - that's a $112.52 difference that could go towards a new watch, instead of repairing the old one ($100ish towards a new watch isn't exactly a slam dunk "yes this is the right choice", but it swayed me towards the fixed 2 year plan - and if the watch doesn't break, I'm $100 up - my S0 is still running fine after 4+ years).

    Another factor in this is for my original S0 and the new S5, I've gone with aluminum. If I were getting one of the spendier materials, that $4/mo might seem more prudent protection.
  18. jaack macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2016
    It's not available for the Apple Watch preorders so probably not this year (or for now at least)
  19. anshuvorty macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2010
    California, USA
    Everything is a subscription now: your iPhone, your TV, your music, your office applications, and now, your warranty...just insane....
  20. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    I really like this. Especially if you only care to cover something for a year. I kind of wish they'd do this for the computers, too.
  21. ijordano macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2017
    Your optional, extended warranty with extra features. Get a grip
  22. konqerror macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2013
    I read that differently:
    It's referring to the fact that AppleCare on Macs is 3 years, as is standard in the industry for enterprise hardware. Companies usually get a 3 year warranty on their enterprise PCs and servers because that's their expected life. (Whether it's included or not depends on the vendor and model line i.e. Lenovo is usually 1 year on their clients, 3 years on workstations, Dell Optiplex/Latitude/Precision is usually 3 years included)

    These vendors offer an extension up to 5 years at added cost. It now looks like Apple is offering a 5 year+ option as it fits with Apple's support policy (5 years after last sale).
  23. moabal macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    I do not understand the point of choosing the subscription option?

    It seems like regardless of you how pay, the warranty only lasts for 2 years. If you sell the watch within those two years, Apple will refund the prorated difference. It seems like you pay monthly in perpetuity. However, after 2 years, the exception is you would "always" get a new watch.

    Can someone clarify this for me?
  24. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Sometimes it pays to read the Terms and Conditions (note that it's important to read the Terms and Conditions that apply where you live, since they can vary from country to country).

    Interesting note regarding renewals (quoting the US Terms and Conditions, emphasis added):
    That emphasized part is new. Previously there was no mention of renewal at all. That suggests that Apple is allowing for the possibility of extending the coverage past 2/3 years.

    Until now, AppleCare has not been renewable under any circumstances. It appears they've reconsidered. On the monthly payment plans that makes AppleCare+ consistent with most of the monthly plans offered by the phone companies, which typically bill monthly on an indefinite basis. And if they do offer extensions on the pay-in-one-lump-sum plans... also a big change for Apple.

    Apple's Terms and Conditions do cover these questions. For the month-to-month plans (again, the US terms):
    In other words, the monthly plan is no longer a 2-year plan, but an indefinitely renewing plan. As far as cancellations go, the Terms do describe the circumstances under which Apple is able to cancel. The reasons for cancellation by Apple would be non-payment of monthly plans, fraud, or repair parts becoming unavailable.
    I've never heard of someone's coverage being canceled after a single incident.
  25. araadt macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2016
    Calgary, Alberta
    Same, but with an iPad Pro in Canada. While the Canadian AppleCare+ Terms list "monthly plan," I don't see anywhere to purchase.

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