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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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31 months ago
AppleCare is a bonafide rip-off. If you use your American Express to purchase it, you automatically get an additional 1-year warranty on top of the manufacturer's. You also get 90 days of protection from theft, etc. If you don't have AmEx, you can apply for one free with your Costco membership. If you don't have a Costco membership, then what the heck are you doing?

Now rate my post Up because I just saved you $99. :D
Rating: 15 Votes
31 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: 9 Votes
31 months ago
Well, it only makes sense to offer the same protection for all devices.
Rating: 8 Votes
31 months ago
23 months perfect, and then it got smashed. ;):)
Rating: 7 Votes
31 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: 6 Votes
31 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
31 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: 6 Votes
31 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
31 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: 5 Votes
31 months ago
I most likely won't be buying this, but its great to the option for those who use their ipad often
Rating: 4 Votes

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