Last year, Apple introduced the option of paying monthly for some of its AppleCare + plans for two (in some cases three) years for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Today, Apple has tacitly changed its functionality, allowing customers to purchase a perpetual monthly AppleCare + subscription.
The transition to AppleCare + monthly plans almost went under the wheels after the busy iPhone event from Apple. But a 9to5Mac eagle-eye reader discovered the new AppleCare + legal document, which was updated today. Under "Plan Term and Extension", Apple describes how the monthly plans now work:
For monthly plans, your plan term is one (1) month. Your plan will renew automatically every month unless canceled in accordance with Section 9 "Cancellation". This also applies in the event that Apple can no longer service its Covered Equipment due to unavailability of replacement parts. In this case, Apple will provide you with a notice period of thirty (30) days or any other period of notice prescribed by law.
Customers can continue AppleCare + monthly coverage for as long as they want, or Apple will no longer provide services to Apple. The monthly subscription is available for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. AppleCare + will only be offered as a paid up-front option for devices like Macs, Apple TV, Headphones and more with fixed terms online store, when the cover is added with the new explicit language "Pay Monthly until Cancellation". Since no orders are yet open for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, the online store does not yet show AppleCare + for these devices. However, we know that the upfront prices will be $ 149 and $ 199, respectively.
AppleCare + Monthly Prizes for Apple Watch Series 5 and iPhone XR
While Not Applicable to Apple When subscribing to the change of monthly plans, it behaves like a change the user must actively cancel the plan to finish the coverage. While some are excited about covering devices for over two years, it can also frustrate users who give or sell a device and accidentally continue to pay for AppleCare + that they do not use.
In particular, the option to pay monthly only for the two- or three-year fixed maturities seems to be no longer available. However, AppleCare +, which is included in the iPhone upgrade program, should be automatically canceled every year as part of the exchange and renewal process.
Compared to the normal two-year maturities (three years for Apple Watch Hermés and Edition) Apple calculates for the monthly subscription more than in advance. For example, a two-year limited warranty for the iPhone 11 or XR will cost you $ 191, if paid monthly, versus $ 149 in advance. The monthly subscription also applies to AppleCare + packages with theft and loss coverage.
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