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AppleCare Guide: Is AppleCare Worth it, What does it cover, How Much it Costs in 2023


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You may have heard of AppleCare and AppleCare+ and wondered what these products are, and whether yo should have them.

But what does AppleCare cover, and is it worth your spend? It’s an added cost to any device you purchase from Apple, and it’s not cheap. Deciding whether to spend up to $250 extra for your device is an important decision.

We’ll discuss AppleCare benefits, the AppleCare price for each device, what features are available, and answer the most pressing question: is AppleCare worth it?

What is AppleCare?

AppleCare is added protection and service for each Apple device. It’s an added cost, but offers you unique customer service beyond the normal 90 days Apple provides for each device. It also covers hardware malfunctions for up to three years, and covers some accidental damage at little to no cost when compared to paying for those fixes out of pocket.


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AppleCare+ for iPad

You can get AppleCare+ for iPad, too – but should you?

Cost of AppleCare+ for iPad

Apple’s pricing scheme for AppleCare+ on iPad is a bit simpler:

  • iPad Pro: $129 or $5.99 per month
  • iPad: $69 or $3.49 per month
  • iPad Air: $69 or $3.49 per month
  • iPad mini: $69 or $3.49 per month

What does AppleCare for iPad cover?

AppleCare+ for iPad is a bit more restrictive than with Mac or iPhone. You’re only allowed two incidents every 24 months, so one per year on average. It covers the iPad, accessory included in the box, and the Apple Pencil (if you purchase one). You also get phone support for up to two years.

Any service for iPad is $49, while Apple Pencil repairs cost $29 per incident. Keep in mind this doesn’t cover loss, so consider that before purchasing.

AppleCare+ for Apple Watch

You can get AppleCare+ for Apple’s wearable, but it’s not cheap.

Cost of AppleCare+ for Apple Watch

AppleCare+ for Apple Watch pricing depends on which model you have:

  • Apple Watch Series 6: $79, or $3.99 per month
  • Apple Watch SE: $79, or $3.99 per month
  • Apple Watch Series 3: $49, or $2.49 per month
  • Apple Watch Nike: $79, or $3.99 per month
  • Apple Watch Hermes: $149, or $4.99 per month
  • Apple Watch Edition: $149, or $4.99 per month

What does AppleCare for Apple Watch cover?

AppleCare+ for Apple Watch allows two incidents of accidental damage every 24 months, and covers the watch, battery, and charging cable. Incidents have a $69 service fee.

Apple Watch Edition and Hermes come with a two-year warranty, so AppleCare+ extends that coverage to 36 months total. Each service will cost $79 for these two models of Apple Watch.


AppleCare+ can be quite costly, but it’s often worth the spend. A damaged MacBook screen can be far more costly than the $99 fee Apple charges you when covered under AppleCare, so those who have anxiety about breakage should consider it.

Similarly, AppleCare+ for iPhone can be had with theft and loss protection, which is highly attractive. Apple Watch is the most limited of the bunch, as “accidental” damage is subjective.

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