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Apple just turned AppleCare+ into a monthly subscription – Here’s everything you need to know

Now you can throw money at Apple indefinitely…

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Apple just added a new way to pay for AppleCare+ – monthly fees that can go on indefinitely. Spotted in the new AppleCare+ legal document by a 9to5Mac reader, the new monthly plans don’t have a set end date, extending your AppleCare+ warranty until you cancel or Apple runs out of parts to repair your device.

That’s a tempting offer, especially with the new prices of the Apple Watch Series 5…

You can now keep on paying for AppleCare+ forever…

It’s been a year since Apple allowed buyers of iPads, iPhones or Apple Watches to enroll in AppleCare+, which was previously limited to Macs and other devices. At the time, purchasers could buy plans for two years or three years. Now, Apple is rolling out a new way to enroll, with a monthly subscription that ends when you want it to, not after a set time.

  • Monthly AppleCare+ plans renew indefinitely, unless you or Apple cancel them. Apple says it won’t cancel unless “Apple is no longer able to service your Covered Equipment due to the unavailability of service parts”
  • The monthly plans apply to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
  • Lump-sum, paid-in-advance AppleCare+ is offered with iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, headphones, and other things in Apple’s storefront

Does this make it seem like Apple is about to offer its own cell service down the road? Google’s Fi carrier has a monthly protection plan which is very similar to AppleCare+. Then again, it could just be Apple trying to scrape revenue from everything else, since its iPhone sales have been slowing for years.

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