Apple improves Apple Care+ battery coverage on the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Apple improves Apple Care+ battery coverage on the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Apple Care+ is an extended warranty that adds two years of coverage to your Apple iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. It gives owners of the Apple Watch Edition smartwatch three years of extended coverage. Originally, Apple Care+ would replace any of the covered devices once the cell could no longer hold a charge of more than 50% of the original specifications. But Apple has quietly made a change that improves the value of the extended warranty.

Now, Apple will cover a battery that cannot hold a charge greater than 80% of the part's original specs. That means instead of waiting for your battery to lose 50% of its capability, you are covered if it loses just 20% of its capacity. Apple says that it will fix the defect for free with new parts or parts that are equivalent to new in performance. Or if that can't be accomplished, it will replace the covered product for free with a new unit or one that is equivalent to new in performance. 


The cost of Apple Care+ is $99 for an Apple iPhone or iPad. For Apple Watch, it depends on the model you own. The range starts at $49 for an Apple Watch Sport model and runs as high as $1600 for an Apple Watch Edition timepiece. Out of warranty battery replacement costs $79 for the iPhone and Apple Watch and $99 for the iPad.

source: PCMag

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13 Comments

1. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That's where the advantage of android phones is. If battery's busted, you just have to go to your manufacturer's authorized seller and buy a spare battery for $20 to $50 depending on model.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

Thanks, we had no idea.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right! I never knew that. S6, M series HTC phones too huh dimas?

5. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Duh, S6 don't have removable batteries. I'm stating the obvious for most android devices, what were you thinking?

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What you should be thinking is...the android platform is losing that advantage, as more OEM's move to sealed uni body construction. Duh...

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? First off as long as you are under contract with your carrier your phone is covered. Back when carriers didn't cover the iPhone AppleCare was a must have. Now that carriers cover iPhone as any other AppleCare to me offers no benefit. If you sign a 2 year deal, the carrier must cover the phone even if the manufacturers warranty has expired because the cost of the phone is written into the contract. Thus since the phone still belongs to the carrier until you pay for it, they must replace it under contract. If you buy your phone outright or choose these new plans where the cost is divided into 2r paymants, then the carrier is not obligated to cover the phone and you better get device coverage, but again as long ad you are paying for it they must cover it. Unless you didn't opt in to the attires coverage, I don't see the benefit of AppleCare. With VZW if I damage my device it costs me $100 to get a full replacement. If the device fails do to a defect or refuses to hold a charge VZW will replace my device. I think this is a nice move per se. I am not against it. But if you have a device with a carrier and it's not holding a charge, they are suppose to replace it at no cost to you and if your model isn't available they have to give something similar based on what you paid.

14. waddup121 unregistered

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apple already includes the price of a warranty into the retail pricing. Apple care is ridiculous just like the rest of their scams. With the prices you pay for 1gb, 750p, and small battery that goes through its charge life cycle like a hot knife through butter, the standard warranty should 2 years without paying extra for Apple care. Damn these thieves and their 100 billion worth of scams.

6. gaming64 unregistered

And yet it sells. What do you expect? Apple is a marketing expert and a publicity titan. And the reason why they add lower specs is to lower production cost and ding! More money! Accept the reality.

7. gaming64 unregistered

$99 for iPhones or iPads but $149 for the cheap Apple Watch? WTF Apple. The River Styx surrounds you. Might as well give you the finger if you guys aren't satisfied yet.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Apple care on my SS Apple watch was $69 bucks.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So since I have had an iPhone since the 4S, can someone fill be on on whether there have been issues with the batteries that is causing Apple to do this? Because based on info I could gather on smartphone batteries in general, their charge cycles seemed to be more than sufficient for the device to last up to 5 years before it would need to replaced. If people charged their batteries properly and not just charge them all the time, they would last longer. Isn't it recommended that you use the battery down to roughly 20% before charging back up? Because I know when you first get the device, you should let it run completely out the first couple of time and then charge it back to 100% to get it calibrated but many people don't do this. But I don't see another OEM doing this son am only trying to understand why. I personally usually don't keep a phone more than a year and they all have always held their charge as like when I first purchase. That includes all brands I've used.

15. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Good move by Apple. Slowly but surely.

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