the Apple Watch is up for pre-orders, we have a full list of AppleCare+ prices for those who want their timepieces protected.
The prices are both cheaper and more expensive than
unconfirmed reports claimed last week. Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport buyers will pay a little less, while Apple Watch Edition buyers will pay more. Here’s the breakdown:
- Apple Watch Sport: Two years of warranty coverage and phone support for $49. Covers two accidental damages over two years with a $69 service fee for each incident.
- Apple Watch: Two years of warranty coverage and phone support for $69. Covers two accidental damages over two years with a $79 service fee for each incident.
- Apple Watch Edition: Three years of warranty coverage and round-the-clock phone support for $1500. Covers two accidental damages over three years with a $1000 service fee for each incident.
Without AppleCare+, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch buyers still get 90 days of phone support and one year of non-accidental warranty coverage. Apple Watch Edition buyers get two years of phone support and hardware repair coverage at no extra charge.
Anyone buying an iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time can buy AppleCare+ for both devices in a bundle, though it’s actually $1 more expensive when you do it this way. Also slightly amusing: AppleCare+ plans for the two cheaper Watch tiers use
psychological pricing, while the Edition doesn’t even bother.
Why this matters: Apple Watch buyers face a tough decision when it comes to AppleCare+. These are expensive devices, so it might make sense to protect them. On the other hand, they shouldn’t be as drop-prone as a smartphone, and the Watch and Edition versions should be quite scratch-resistant with Sapphire crystal over the display.