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$99 AppleCare+ for iPad Coming Alongside iPad 3?

With the launch of the iPhone 4S last October, Apple debuted AppleCare+ for iPhone, a new $99 extended warranty program that includes coverage for accidental damage to the user's device over the two-year coverage period.

Valid for up to two incidents of accidental damage with a $49 deductible per incident, the expanded AppleCare+ offering replaced Apple's previous standard $69 AppleCare for iPhone that did not cover accidental damage.

MacRumors has now received word that Apple appears to be making a similar transition for the iPad with tomorrow's introduction of the iPad 3, rolling out a $99 AppleCare+ for iPad warranty that would replace the current $79 standard AppleCare package. While our source was unable to provide any specific details on coverage for the new AppleCare+ for iPad program, it would presumably mirror that of the corresponding iPhone plan with accidental damage coverage being included with a deductible.

Accidental damage has been a more common issue on the iPhone since the introduction of the iPhone 4 in 2010, due in part to the use of glass on both front and back of that device and its successor, the iPhone 4S. iPhones requiring replacement due to accidental damage had typically required a $199 replacement fee, although support staff generally had a fair amount of leeway in waiving that fee on a case-by-case basis. Apple has reportedly tightened up on that flexibility since the introduction of AppleCare+ for iPhone, now that accidental damage coverage is available through the plan.

While accidental damage may be a bit less of an issue for the iPad than for the iPhone given its proportionally lower glass surface area and perhaps fewer opportunities for damage in not being carried about as widely, some users will undoubtedly be pleased by the new AppleCare+ for iPad. The option of purchasing an extended warranty offering accidental damage coverage to limit significant repair or replacement bills should an incident occur is likely to be an appealing proposition for a number of customers.

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34 months ago
Well, it only makes sense to offer the same protection for all devices.
Rating: 8 Votes
34 months ago
23 months perfect, and then it got smashed. ;):)
Rating: 6 Votes
34 months ago

if only people weren't lazy and actually followed stuff like ifixit


Next time your car breaks down fix it yourself, if a house burns down rebuild it yourself with no help from others. Lets see how far that gets you.
Rating: 6 Votes
34 months ago

if only people weren't lazy and actually followed stuff like ifixit


a large majority of people rather have someone else fix stuff that breaks. Wouldn't call them lazy. Opportunity cost at its most basic.
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago

I don't get why you'd buy Applecare in the first place. Insurance is, by definition, a losing proposition for the consumer. But, regardless, it seems like a lot of trouble to conceivably make an extra, what, 50 bucks? (after the cost of insured replacement) :confused:


The day your iPad breaks, your confusion will go away and you will fully understand the purpose of having insurance.
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago
February 2013: Need to sell iPad... probably won't get as much as I want because there are scratches on the back.

BOOM. Oops, I dropped it!!

Later... brand new iPad with no scratches for very little more + more money gained when selling it.
Rating: 4 Votes
34 months ago

February 2013: Need to sell iPad... probably won't get as much as I want because there are scratches on the back.

BOOM. Oops, I dropped it!!

Later... brand new iPad with no scratches for very little more + more money gained when selling it.


Nope - you would lose money - AppleCare+ and replacement cost would be more.
Rating: 4 Votes
34 months ago

February 2013: Need to sell iPad... probably won't get as much as I want because there are scratches on the back.

BOOM. Oops, I dropped it!!

Later... brand new iPad with no scratches for very little more + more money gained when selling it.


You likely wouldn't make $148 more profit from the deal.
Rating: 4 Votes
34 months ago

nope definitely lazy. It's great for those providing the service. Especially warranties. Apple and others bank on people never utilizing it and recycles the old malfunctioning product and sells as refurbed.

Most repairs like the back panel replacement for an iPhone 4/4s take 30 seconds and are a quick google search would show that.


How are you at repairing jet engines? F-22's? Some people aren't mechanically inclined. Laziness has nothing to do with it.
Rating: 4 Votes
34 months ago

I know that. I'm already losing the same amount on AppleCare because I get it anyway, as I said. If it's $100 more to get AppleCare+ and one new replacement, then it is worth the money. If the iPad has a completely new outside and everything internally is working, then by my definition it is "like new." Just go to one of those recycling sites for electronics. The price margin between a "perfect" device and a slightly scratched one is $200+. Additionally, the general population does not know when the new iPad is about to come out. Only we do, so if we sell our iPads right before the invitations for the press conference are sent out, we get the most money possible. :)


Well those are sites like gazelle. My iPhone 4S 32GB has some really light and I mean really light surface scratches and anyone here on Los Angeles craigslist would pay a really good amount for it regardless of that.

On a side note, when I bought my iPhone (day it came out) they said I had to buy applecare+ right then and there. I didn't feel like spending the extra $100 on top of my $300 phone and $30 dock. Instead I bought a screen protector and case. Guess what? I hated both and took them off. Has the phone suffered a little from it, yes, but it just feels better without all the "garbage" on it.

Lastly, before I sell it I am going to take it to Apple and try to replace it because my home button has been sticking for months. So we'll see!
Rating: 3 Votes

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