Apple manufacturer warranty isn't the same as Applecare+. You do get one year manufacturer warranty, but it doesn't cover water damage or cracked screens, Applecare+ does, I also think it's the cheapest because you only pay $99 dollars for 2 years and $79 deductible. Most protection plans costs $9.99 a month and $200 deductibles! which is way more expensive. Also, I do not trust anybody else replacement phones, but Apple's.
What does it cover?
https://www.apple.com/support/products/iphone.htmlEvery iPhone comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ for iPhone extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $79 service fee plus applicable tax.
I think it's worth it. You save money on cases because you don't need one. If your phone gets damaged accidentally, you can get a replacement for a $79(?) deductible. Also, it includes battery replacement. For example, my iPhone5 is nearly 2 years old and I just had the battery replaced because it was "discharging quickly". I'm going in next week and getting the phone replaced because the battery is still not too great. the Apple store employees are pretty cool when it comes to swapping the phone out. In fact, the guy told me what to say to get the battery replaced and they wrote on the work order that if the battery replacement didn't help, to swap the phone out. So, after two years, I'll have a brand new (refurbished) iPhone. All for $99.
My understanding is that you make a Genius appointment within 30 days of purchase (activation?), so they can determine that you have no preexisting damage, and then you're able to sign up for coverage.Is it possible to get it after your iPhone purchase? I ordered mine from att.com and there wasn't an option for it.
Thanks, now I get to test out our new Apple Store they built near me.My understanding is that you make a Genius appointment within 30 days of purchase (activation?), so they can determine that you have no preexisting damage, and then you're able to sign up for coverage.
You have 60 days.Thanks, now I get to test out our new Apple Store they built near me.
You have 60 days.
How to get AppleCare+
Add it to your shopping cart during the checkout process when you purchase your new iPhone.
Buy it within 60 days of your iPhone purchase. Your iPhone purchase date is the date we ship and charge you for your order:
At an Apple Retail Store (requires inspection of your iPhone and proof of purchase)
By calling (800) 275-2273 (requires you to run a remote diagnostic and provide proof of purchase)
I never purchased Apple care for my 4S and 5S, but this time I think I'll get one, because the iPhone i want is nearly $1000 - 6+, 64GB, Gold or Silver. There's something about that $1000 mark that tells me to get an extended warranty.
People like this are the reason the replacement cost went up to $79.Another perk of AppleCare comes two years from now. Let's say you buy the AppleCare but never use it. Towards the end of the coverage you know a new iPhone will be announced (at least that's how it's been so far). Your iphone shows almost 2 years of wear and won't nessecarily get you top dollar resale towards your new purchase. Easy solution, drop it in a cup of water, head up to the apple store and pay $79 for a new one. Now you've got a prestine new iPhone to sell and use the profits towards your new purchase =).
I don't buy AppleCare on my MacBooks or other Apple products, but on a phone, that's with you everyday, and takes abuse it's a MUST!!