The new AppleCare+ pricing for the Apple Watch Series 4 models is listed on purchase pages and on Apple's AppleCare+ product page. Customers purchasing AppleCare+ for a new Apple Watch can pay the $79 up front or pay a fee of $3.99 per month for 24 months.
AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Series 3 models is priced at $49 up front or $2.49 per month for 24 months.
It's not clear why Apple has increased the price of AppleCare+ for the Apple Watch Series 4 by $30, but these models do include larger displays and new electrical sensors to enable ECG functionality.
The $79 price point applies to both aluminum and stainless steel Apple Watch Series 4 models with LTE + GPS connectivity and GPS connectivity alone.
AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Series 4 extends warranty coverage up to two years from the date of purchase and it adds coverage for two incidents of accidental damage, each subject to a $69 service fee.
For Hermès Apple Watch Series 4 models, Apple is continuing to charge $99 for AppleCare+.