On Friday, April 10th, pre-orders for the Apple Watch began and prices for the AppleCare+ Protection Plan were revealed. The plan, which is an option available for every model of the smartwatch, extends the complimentary warranty by an additional year.
Both the Apple Watch Sport and the regular Apple Watch come with one year of hardware repair coverage and ninety days of technical support. AppleCare+, which is available for $49 for the Sport model and $69 for the regular model, will extend the hardware repair and phone technical support coverage for two years from the original purchase date. It also adds two incidents of accidental damage which is subject to a $69 service charge for the Sport model and $79 service charge for the regular watch.
The Apple Watch Edition, unlike the other models, comes with two years of complimentary technical support and hardware repair coverage. AppleCare+ is available for $1,500 and will extend the coverage to three years from the purchase date and cover up to two incidents of accidental damage subject to a $1,000 service charge.
Apple is also offering a new deal for customers who have a recently purchased an iPhone when they buy their Apple Watch. If customers do not already have AppleCare+ for their iPhone, they can purchase the protection plan for their Apple Watch and iPhone at the same time as long as the watch is purchased from the online store or retail store in the United States, the iPhone must be undamaged and purchased within the last six months.
There’s two ways to add AppleCare+ coverage to the Apple Watch. It can be purchased alongside the watch through the Apple Store website or in-store (when it comes out). It can also be bought within 60 days after buying the watch.