Select Apple Stores Piloting Extended AppleCare+ Eligibility Beyond Usual 60 Days

A small number of Apple Stores in the United States and Canada are piloting a new program that allows customers to purchase AppleCare+ for devices beyond the usual limit of 60 days after the purchase date, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The pilot program began this week.


The pilot program allows customers to add AppleCare+ to a device between 61 days and one year after the device was purchased. To do so, a customer must book a Genius Bar appointment, during which a technician will run diagnostics on the device and perform a visual inspection to confirm eligibility.

We were initially told the extended eligibility was for up to two years, but another source said the period was shortened to one year.

The pilot program is rolling out to 50 or so Apple Stores in the United States, as well as all 29 locations in Canada, one of our sources said. It is unclear how long the program will remain available.

MacRumors contacted a participating Apple Store that confirmed existence of the pilot program. It applies to the iPhone for certain, and likely extends to the iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and other devices. We don't want anyone to be disappointed, so keep in mind that the pilot is subject to change.

AppleCare+ provides two or three years of extended hardware coverage and technical support depending on the type of device. This includes up to two incidents of accidental damage, each subject to a service fee.

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4 weeks ago
Really, you should be able to enroll up until your standard warranty runs out.
Rating: 17 Votes
4 weeks ago
So they’re going back to how it used to be..
Apple seems to be backtracking on quite a few decisions lately.
Rating: 14 Votes
3 weeks ago
Anyone have a list of stores? I need to add AppleCare ASAP.
Rating: 5 Votes
3 weeks ago
I know there are many fans of AppleCare plans, but not me. I've got many Apple devices and if I paid for AppleCare+ on all of them, plus the deductible if I actually needed a repair (unlikely), I could have just taken the premiums i paid and paid for a repair.

But, I'm not clumsy and have never broken an iPhone screen or had any real problem with any Apple device that required repair.

Plus, I always pay with a CC that extends the warranty 1-2 years, and that is free.
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
Nice! I would like to put my 2016 MacBook under AppleCare+
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
Hopefully this rolls out nationwide. It would nice to have longer than 60 days to decide if I want to purchase AppleCare+ or not.
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
Excellent opportunity for Apple to drive a little extra revenue
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
I wish there was an option for 3 years of Applecare on iPhones-since most people now keep them for 3 years or more.

The 2 year model is based upon the old wireless contract system where you would get a heavily discounted smartphone from your carrier every two years. That obviously doesn't exist anymore.
Rating: 4 Votes
4 weeks ago


So they’re going back to how it used to be..
Apple seems to be backtracking on quite a few decisions lately.


No, it's not "backtracking".

The old policy was for AppleCare non-plus, that is coverage only against defects. You had to buy AppleCare while in the standard 1-year warranty. This prevented people from buying AppleCare after they had experienced a problem since they would have continuous coverage.

This policy changed when the plus, accidental damage policy was added. There was no coverage of accidental damage from day one, so there needs to be a way to prevent people from buying insurance after an accident. The way most insurance does it (healthcare and car insurance) is to offer a limited window ("open enrollment").


I wish there was an option for 3 years of Applecare on iPhones-since most people now keep them for 3 years or more.


Similarly, people keep computers for more than 3 years. PC makers like Dell and Lenovo offer 4 and 5 year service plans.
Rating: 4 Votes
3 weeks ago


Extended warranties for users is a net loss. Until you need it.


I used to feel this way too, but I tend to get it on devices that I carry around a lot because the repair costs of an iPhone back glass or an iPad Pro are eye-wateringly expensive.

I tend to view it more as insurance than extended warranty and like all insurance plans, they feel like a waste of money until you need them.


Extended warranties, like insurance, is always a net loss in the long term. Insurance makes financial sense when you insure against catastrophic loss that you're not likely to recoup over your lifetime. As long as you can afford to replace a damaged product, it generally makes sense to decline extended warranties / insurance.

And if you can't afford to replace the product, then in order to be really fiscally prudent, it's worth asking yourself whether you should be purchasing that product in the first place.
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