November 19, 2011
If you're still on the fence about whether your new iPhone needs a full warranty against accidental damage, an extended warranty, or nothing at all, there's good news as Apple has once again made its rules more flexible to accomodate new iPhone owners. As discovered by MacRumors, Apple is now giving every new iPhone buyer up to 30 days to sign up for the additional $99 AppleCare+ warranty. As opposed to the traditional AppleCare, which retails for $69 and extends your warranty for a year, AppleCare+ also covers accidental damage you might cause by dropping your iPhone, or some other horrible mishap. Originally, Apple made the AppleCare+ exclusively available on the day of your iPhone purchase. However, due to the confusion around that limitation and many technical problems at the iPhone 4S launch, this was temporarily extended. Now, Apple is officially giving everyone a chance to think about it for a while. Following your new iPhone purchase, you have 30 days to call Apple or drop by the Apple Store to add the plan to your device. Should you get it? Probably yes. Even if you're very careful, it's easy to get clumsy and damage this fragile device. The front screen alone costs $200 to replace , and if you drop it into water, the cost will go much higher. For more details on the plan, check our original post.