Is it Worth Buying AppleCare+ for iPhone X?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After spending at least a thousand dollars on a brand new iPhone X, you may be debating whether it's really worth it to spend an additional few hundred dollars on an AppleCare+ plan to insure your shiny new smartphone.


    AppleCare+ is an optional, premium warranty plan that extends an iPhone's warranty coverage to two years from the original purchase date of the device, and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $29 for screen damage, or $99 for any other damage.

    AppleCare+ for iPhone X costs $199 upfront, compared to $129 for the iPhone 8 and $149 for the iPhone 8 Plus. As with virtually any form of insurance, AppleCare+ only pays for itself in the event you accidentally damage your device.

    To determine if AppleCare+ is worthwhile, we first must look at how much it will cost to repair the iPhone X without the coverage.


    Apple recently confirmed it will charge out-of-warranty rates of $279 for iPhone X screen repairs, and $549 for any other damage to the device, unless it is a manufacturing defect covered by Apple's standard one-year limited warranty.

    With AppleCare+ for iPhone X, the price of a repair would be the $199 upfront cost of the plan plus a $29 to $99 incidental fee.

    If you shatter your iPhone X's screen once, for example, you would pay $279 out of warranty. With the upfront cost of AppleCare+ coupled with the screen repair incidental fee, you would pay $228, so purchasing the plan can save you money in the long run if an accident happens.

    If you shatter your iPhone X's back glass, having AppleCare+ is even more worthwhile. Apple's flat rate is $549 for this type of damage, while the upfront cost of AppleCare+ coupled with a $99 incidental fee totals $298.

    The chart below shows that AppleCare+ will save you money in the long run if you damage your iPhone X in any way just once in two years.


    Even if you never damage your iPhone X, AppleCare+ has one additional perk that can be quite valuable: 24/7 priority access to Apple support advisors via phone or online chat for two years after your iPhone X's purchase date. Without it, iPhone users are covered by just 90 days of complimentary telephone support.

    There is no one-size-fits-all answer as to whether AppleCare+ is worth it, as it very much depends on how careful you are. But given the iPhone X's out-of-warranty repair fees are quite high, it may be more worthwhile than ever.

    AppleCare+ can be purchased through Apple's online or retail stores. If not purchased alongside the iPhone, it can be added within 60 days, pending a diagnostic test to ensure no damage has occurred in that time.

    It's also worth noting that if you cancel your AppleCare+ plan before the two-year coverage period expires, you'll get a partial refund based on the percentage of unexpired coverage, minus the value of any service already provided. A cancellation fee of $25 or 10 percent of the pro-rata amount, whichever is less, applies.

    All prices above are listed in U.S. dollars. AppleCare+ and Apple's out-of-warranty repair fees vary in other countries.

    Article Link: Is it Worth Buying AppleCare+ for iPhone X?
  2. FelixDerKater macrumors 68030


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    Many credit card companies are now including screen damage protection as a feature.
  3. nyfliiboy macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
  4. Essaux macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2014
    South of the Border, West of the Sun
    In the EU Apple Care has little to no use since EU consumer protection laws are quite good. Furthermore, in the case one might damage ones screen, might as well repair it and spend as much as Apple Care +the fee.
  5. scaramoosh macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2014
    Apple just hit a new low as far as I'm concerned, I always thought AppleCare + was a no questions and No cost replacement after you bought it. So if this is what it still costs.... why would I buy it? I would rather take the risk, which is a low risk as I've only ever dropped a phone once and that was my iPhone 5s.... which survived.
  6. Wackery macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2015
  7. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
  8. nerdAFK macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2014
    Seriously, this greedy company is not the Apple I like.
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  9. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    This article would be better if it mentioned that the SECOND breakage of screen/body means you’d be saving a lot of money with AppleCare+.
  10. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    I bought a neck chain and a fanny pack for it
  11. gugy macrumors 68040


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    I always purchased AppleCare for my computers but never for iPhones/iPads/watch. I just don’t think they are worth for the iDevices.
    On the computer side is a different matter. It saved my a** few times having it.
  12. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
  13. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    The only product I ever bought Apple Care for was my Mac and IMac. I don’t feel devices are worth it.
  14. RF9, Oct 29, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2017

    RF9 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    My biggest decision factor is if I’ll keep this phone more han 1 year. I’m on Verizon’s annual upgrade program so if next year’s phone is better in any significant way, I’ll upgrade. Otherwise I could see myself hanging on to this 2-3 years.
    I have two that I’d cover ($400) and likelihood of us both needing repair is low. Out of coverage cost is close to the cost of two apple cares.

    I’ll be waiting close to my 60th day to decide.

    I’ve only ever used apple care for second year warranty coverage and used it in almost(almost iPhone I kept that long (usually at 18-24 months.) One screen replacement only, ever.
  15. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Didn’t even see this post until after I posted mine, but totally agree and have been there.
  16. ThatTechGuy macrumors member

    May 9, 2012
    I’m more concerned with losing my phone somehow or it being stolen more than cracking the glass. For this, AppleCare+ is worthless and I’m much happier with Total Mobile Protection from Verizon which does cover the device if it’s lost or stolen. Big difference between the two coverages. Plus, I can pay $11/month for TMP versus having to pay the $199 upfront with AC+, allowing me to keep more cash liquid.
  17. Nick A macrumors regular

    May 10, 2009
    It isn't worth it.

    Just don't break your phone. Seriously. If you use your phone every single day, use a decent case.

    $200 upfront and if you never break your phone that $200 is out the window. If you do happen to break it you're only out an extra $50 compared to AppleCare. Plus most carriers offer some form of insurance that's cheaper and also covers loss or theft.
  18. RF9 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    That’s a good reasonable choice.
    Personally for loss/theft I’m OK (not happy) to buy a new one. What I want is walk-in service at an apple store (and only apple store) for a repair or replacement for 24 months because a lost phone I can replace but a broken phone would just irritate me as odd as that all sounds.
    So each has it’s merits and I think carrier loss prot cation is a better choice for many.
  19. cgibson190, Oct 29, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2017

    cgibson190 macrumors newbie


    Oct 23, 2017
    Chicago, IL
    What most people don’t know is that Apple will give you a refund for unused AppleCare+. Say you only use it for a year, if you keep your receipt, Apple will give you a store credit for the pro-rated amount remaining to spend as you like. I use it every year to buy my accessories for my next iPhone, Apple Watch, or MacBook
  20. Whit1906 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2017
    I use to think the same thing until a few years ago I broke the screen on my phone twice (because I didn't have Apple Care the 2 screen replacements cost me as much as a new phone) in the span of a month. Last week, I some how cracked the screen on my watch and if I didn't have Apple it would have cost me $268 which is almost the cost of a new watch. I think it is worth the cost especially now that the iPhone 8 & X have glass fronts and backs.
  21. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    I’ve always purchased AppleCare+ for my most mobile & wearable devices but never for my Macs.

    $200 for a $1000 iPhone is rough though. A Series 3 watch which can be upwards of $800 has a $50 price for AppleCare+.
  22. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    Since 2008, I've only managed to break the back glass of the iPhone 4 (twice), despite not using covers, so I guess I'm not buying Apple Care for the X too, and cross fingers.
  23. Smartass macrumors 65816

    Dec 18, 2012
    If you shatter your iPhone X's back glass, having AppleCare+ is even more worthwhile. Apple's flat rate is $549 for this type of damage

    And that is because why? Apple decided to solder the black glass panel to the whole frame of the phone just so they can charge that kind of money, like they did on iPhone 8?

    I totally understand screen replacement price, since its OLED, but back glass? For that amount of money you can get brand new Galaxy S8. This really is amazing how stupid Apple is becoming with that kind of pricing.
  24. Packers1958 macrumors 65816

    Apr 16, 2017
    South Dakota
    Over the years I have never bought Applecare and never had any of their devices break on me. The amount of money I saved over the years payed for my iPhone X.
  25. RF9 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2008
    What!? I never knew that!
    I’m trading in two iPhone 7 Pluses with Apple Care and I’m definitely doing this before trade in.
    Hell, man! I’m glad I read this comment.
    This makes my decision so much easier now.

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