Buyers of the company’s new smartwatch have a little extra insurance to ease the pain of spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds on a new digital timepiece.
Apple Watch can cost as little as £299 or as much as £17,000. Apple has new warranty protection plans to cover every purchase in between.
Apple finally delved into more detail about its smartwatch at its “Spring Forward” event in San Francisco. Though Apple showed off new features, app partnerships and an ambitious new medical research software platform, everyone’s attention became singularly focused on the Apple Watch’s price range, with a top-end model going for as much as £17,000.
The standard AppleCare+ plan will set you back £49 or £69 for the more pedestrian Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch, respectively. Pulling the trigger on these things will extend your wearable’s warranty to two years and grant you up to two accidental damage claims (which you’ll still have to pay £79 for).
Meanwhile, prepare to give your credit card some serious exercise if you want your Apple Watch Edition to stand the test of time — AppleCare extends its warranty from two years to three, and those two accidental damage repairs will come after you pay a whopping £1,000 service fee plus taxes. That might sound just a little insane, but really: Once you’re spending upwards of £10,000 on one of these things, what’s another few thousand or so to cover you in case it slips through your decrepit butler’s butterfingers?
Apple’s got a trio of plans that’ll cover both your Watch and your iPhone too… as long as your phone is less than six months old and in pristine condition. Each expanded plan’ll cost you £100 more than its less-helpful counterpart (so £149, £169 and £1,600 for the Sport, Watch and Edition) and it grants you two repairs for your ailing iPhone if you it drop on the ground because you’re so engrossed in your new Watch.
With those prices, you’d expect a more fair warranty policy and Apple appears to have taken that into account when designing AppleCare+.
Here’s a full breakdown of coverage depending on which model you purchase and whether you opt for additional coverage:
|Apple Watch Sport (aluminum case)||Apple Watch (stainless steel case)||Apple Watch Edition (18-karat gold case)|
|Price: $350-$400||Price: $550-$1,100||Price: $10,000-$17,000|
|1 year of complimentary
hardware support coverage
|1 year of complimentary hardware support coverage||2 years of complimentary
hardware support cover
|90 days of additional complimentary phone and in-store support||90 days of additional complimentary phone and in-store support||2 years of additional complimentary phone
and in-store support
|AppleCare+ extends hardware
and phone support to 2 years
|Apple Care+ extends hardware
and phone support to 2 years
|AppleCare+ extends hardware and phone
support to 3 years