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As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has outlined replacement costs for the AirPods Pro on its website for customers that skip out on AppleCare+.

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If you lose or damage the AirPods Pro, the left and right AirPod will cost $89 each to replace in the United States, totaling $178 for a pair. The wireless charging case is also $89 to replace if lost or damaged.

The fees are lower if a customer has purchased AppleCare+ for Headphones. The plan costs $29 upfront, plus charges a $29 fee to replace a pair of damaged AirPods Pro or their case. This coverage applies for up to two years from the date AppleCare+ is purchased and is limited to two incidents.

AppleCare+ for Headphones does not cover lost or stolen AirPods Pro.

Article Link: Replacing a Pair of AirPods Pro Costs $178, or $29 With AppleCare+
 
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pcd213

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So doesn’t it seem like the direct here is to buy AppleCare+ and then replace the pair before the two year period is over to increase the longevity of your purchase? Compared with buying the future 2021 AirPod Pro model for $250+, it seems like spending $29 up front plus another $29 makes a bit more sense.
 
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tobefirst

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Did AppleCare work for lost gen 1 and gen 2 AirPods? Did Apple run into a situation where people would use their first instance to replace AirPods, sell the new/unused one(s), and then essentially have AppleCare for free or less?
 
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johnyslats

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Did AppleCare work for lost gen 1 and gen 2 AirPods? Did Apple run into a situation where people would use their first instance to replace AirPods, sell the new/unused one(s), and then essentially have AppleCare for free or less?
AppleCare+ for AirPods and headphones only got introduced in September 2019
 
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grobik

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Did AppleCare work for lost gen 1 and gen 2 AirPods? Did Apple run into a situation where people would use their first instance to replace AirPods, sell the new/unused one(s), and then essentially have AppleCare for free or less?
Those didn’t have Apple care.
 
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darcyf

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They'd better have made the batteries to last on these things. Otherwise there are going to be a lot of damaged pairs coming in just shy of the two year mark.
 
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Joe Rossignol

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"AppleCare+ for Headphones does not cover lost or stolen AirPods."

The table on the website also doesn't state any reduction in price for a lost AirPod or case.
EDIT: Doesn’t cover loss or theft? Ah, never mind then.

They should update the article to reflect this.
CLARIFICATION: the $29 replacement is for broken or damaged ones. Not lost AirPods. If you lose them it’s still full price for another.
Can't imagine how much fraud they would experience if AppleCare covered lost/stolen. They have no way of remotely locking earphones the way they can with phones that got "lost"
Did AppleCare work for lost gen 1 and gen 2 AirPods? Did Apple run into a situation where people would use their first instance to replace AirPods, sell the new/unused one(s), and then essentially have AppleCare for free or less?

My mistake. I clearly didn't get enough sleep last night. Fixed that!
 
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grobik

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Given the battery life of AirPods, that would be worth it just to be able to replace for new batteries at the end of the Apple care coverage.
 
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AZMecha

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Did AppleCare work for lost gen 1 and gen 2 AirPods? Did Apple run into a situation where people would use their first instance to replace AirPods, sell the new/unused one(s), and then essentially have AppleCare for free or less?

There was no option Apple Care for Gen 1/2 AirPods as its a disposable product...
 
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oneMadRssn

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So doesn’t it seem like the direct here is to buy AppleCare+ and then replace the pair before the two year period is over to increase the longevity of your purchase? Compared with buying the future 2021 AirPod Pro model for $250+, it seems like spending $29 up front plus another $29 makes a bit more sense.
I think that is exactly the thing to do with all battery-powered products.
 
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