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While Apple did confirm during its second Apple Watch media event on March 9, 2015 that it will be offering its AppleCare+ extended coverage plan for the wearable device, it did not present pricing for the extended support plans tailored specifically to the Watch.

Friday, MacRumors shared some purported AppleCare+ pricing information for the Apple Watch models, obtained from a source. According to writer Juli Clover, AppleCare+ for each version of the Watch will be priced differently, with the gold-plated Apple Watch Edition commanding the highest premium in terms of extended warranty coverage.

Internal screenshots shared with MacRumors, included below, suggest that the following AppleCare+ tiers will be offered for the various Watch models:

  • $59 AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Sport
  • $79 AppleCare+ for Apple Watch
  • $999 AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Edition

These protection plans will be available for purchase as an add-on from the online and brick-and-mortar Apple Store at the time of purchase.

They include accidental damage (at a per-incident service fee) and extend standard one-year coverage of the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models to two years from the date of purchase, or three years in the case of the Apple Watch Edition.

“It is unclear from the information we have received whether band choice will affect AppleCare+ pricing, as band prices vary significantly,” wrote Clover.

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The publication couldn’t determine the veracity of the information given, but underscored that “other sources at Apple” have indicated they are hearing unconfirmed word of similar pricing.

AppleCare+ is an optional coverage service offered for other Apple products as well. For instance, the $99 AppleCare+ for the iPhone extends your warranty to two years while covering two cases of accidental damage with a $79 service fee.

Like pretty much every Apple gadget, both the entry-level aluminum Apple Watch Sport and the mid-tier stainless steel Apple Watch will be covered by a standard limited one-year warranty for hardware repairs and 90 days of complimentary support.

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The pricey, gold-plated Apple Watch Edition will treat customers to a higher level of service and will come with a two-year warranty and complimentary 24/7 support.

I think $59 is a fair price to pay to extend the warrant coverage of the entry-level Apple Watch Sport (which I’ll be buying) to two years.

What do you think of these prices?

Source: MacRumors

  • Merman123

    Only $60? Awesome. Sold!

    • FreeGreezyDoe

      What ?? It should be free considering the watch is already overpriced by $100

      • Maxim∑

        Give us a price breakdown since you know the manufacturing costs

      • FreeGreezyDoe

        lol ur the same butthurt fanboy who always responds anytime someone doesn’t praise apple….if you think the watch costs any more than $120 to make then you’re greatly mistaken and its definitely not worth $17k considering the most expensive watch doesn’t even have anything extra except some diluted 18kt gold mixed in

      • George

        It costs like $50 to make one.

      • f1ght3r

        I agree with you. I’m honestly hoping the apple watch fails miserably, so that apple will realize people aren’t going to blindly buy whatever overpriced product they put out. (new MacBook is also a ripoff)

    • George

      Yeah only $60, think about what you’re buying lmao.

      • Merman123

        AppleCare has served me well in the past. At $60 dollars, it is very much worth it.

  • Jailbrkr21

    1K for gold edition apple care. I think not. Waste of money for both the watch that will be replaced by something much much better 12 months later and waste of money for the apple care. if I’m paying 10k+ for a watch I expect it to last without breaking.

    • askep3

      If you are paying 10k+ for a watch you probably don’t care about the cost, this a luxury item.

    • Lagax

      “1K is too expensive for an expanded warranty for a 10K watch” This comment is a joke in itself…

    • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

      Dude, you don’t pay 10k for the watch to last. You pay 10k for the prestige, for showing everyone that you have made it in life, and that you can afford it.

      • f1ght3r

        I don’t think so. Even if I had the 10k to spend, I don’t want to be wasting my money on something that needs to be replaced next year. An expensive watch is timeless, an apple watch edition is a joke.

    • Lance Baker

      We still don’t know if the there will be a new watch every year.

  • Jason Baroni

    $999 is just a change for a person who buys the Edition hahaha This pricing is so good that seems to be more fair than the gold Watch itself

  • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

    LOL for the edition watch you’d expect AppleCare to be free. Not so, suckers!!

    • Rowan09

      Nothing is free not even air.

      • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

        how much do you pay for your air, i’m looking for some good deals yo. And is there amazon prime shipping?

      • Rowan09

        It’s called taxes bro.

      • George

        You don’t need to pay taxes to breathe, try again.

      • Rowan09

        Who said you need taxes to breathe? I said nothing is free even air which is true. No adult lives without paying taxes or paying somehow.

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        What?

  • Not really related to the content of the article, but the preview image for this article made me think how cool it would be to have glow-in-the-dark straps for Apple Watch.

  • Chris Gaunt

    just more reason to keep my money.