Apple's iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR come with theft and loss protection... at a huge cost

Apple's iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR come with theft and loss protection... at a huge cost
If you’re thinking about purchasing a hot new iPhone XS, XS Max, or a slightly lower-cost iPhone XR, you may want to set aside a little more than the handset’s base price. Buying a protective case is always a must when dealing with a device made from easily breakable glass, actually enabling the three’s fast-charging capabilities will also cost you extra, and then there’s AppleCare+.

As usual, you’re offered one year of hardware repair coverage through the company’s limited warranty program, with AppleCare+ extending that service for an additional 12 months while also providing 24/7 tech support and (up to two incidents of) accidental damage coverage.

The good news, which for some reason Apple didn’t mention on stage at the product launch event yesterday, is there’s finally an AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss option. The bad, of course, is the price. 

You’ll have to pay a whopping $299 upfront fee just to enlist in the AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss program after buying the iPhone XS or XS Max, with additional payments required if anything actually happens to your precious new mobile device. 

Apple's iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR come with theft and loss protection... at a huge cost

We’re talking an extra $29 for screen damage, $99 to cover “any other” accidental damage, and $269 (!!!) to get a stolen or lost iPhone XS or XS Max replaced. The same $269 deductible applies to the original iPhone X, while losing your iPhone XR, 8 Plus, 7 Plus, 6s Plus, or 6 Plus will “only” result in a $229 replacement fee. 

There’s also one very important condition you need to meet to qualify for theft and loss coverage, namely having Find My iPhone functionality enabled on your device “at the time it is lost or stolen.”

Of course, if you’re merely interested in “traditional” AppleCare+ coverage, a $199 down payment will do the trick... until you damage your iPhone XS or XS Max, at which point you’ll be kindly asked to cough up an extra $29 or $99 for a repair with a maximum of two incidents covered.

source: Apple

FEATURED VIDEO

13 Comments

1. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1157; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Are people actually stupid enough to get this bullsh*t?

2. notfair

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Of course they will and probably it will break new sale records.

14. gamehead unregistered

Yes. Fear mongering is great.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

$1650 for the Max 512 $68 for wireless charging (that should come standard) $300 for protection $200-300 for a wireless charger, that doesn't exist. Apple rulz Nate Diaz Midan, marvshasfallen, and piyath had better head to the Apple Store on 281 City Island Ave, Bronx NY 10464. They're cheaper at that location, if you take a cab or uber to it from 10pm-2am.

4. ah_sukk_it

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 18, 2018

greed on the highest level.

10. cncrim

Posts: 1557; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Dont blame Apple blame us(sheeple) they just don’t care going into debt, all they care is instant gratification.

5. tyger11

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So they don't come with it - it's something else you can buy.

6. maherk

Posts: 6679; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So basically, they steal your money before someone steals your iPhone.

7. maherk

Posts: 6679; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Fix the damn double post issue

8. kevin007in

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

WTF. hahaha. this is such a big joke. means nearly $2000 CAD and $450 extra for theft coverage? On top of that $70 for fast charger??? All that for an Iphone???? People must be crazy. No phone is worth for that hard earned money.Good for ifans though, their pockets should be emptied this way. :P

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The pricing is just absurd. They won't continue with these ridiculous prices for too long as people will get fed up with this bulls**t behavior.

11. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I don't know. Apple fans need to vote with their wallets instead of complaining on line. By vote I mean, if you are turned off by the pricing of Apple's new devices and accessories, dont buy it. That will send the message loud and clear. However, we al know what will happen. By this time next year, it will be rinse and repeat.

15. zennacko unregistered

It would be a hit on 3rd world countries where theft is a more common occurrence. But it won't happen because insurance is about how much money you can make before a claim, if any, and not helping people that could file a claim to pay a fraction of the original price to get another phone.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.