As first noted by MacRumors, Apple now lets you buy extended warranty coverage for your iPhone up to twelve months after your device purchase.

Previously, customers had up to 60 days following an iPhone purchase to buy an extended AppleCare+ coverage for their phone. This information, originally provided by “multiple people familiar with the matter”, has been subsequently confirmed by a senior AppleCare advisor and other sources.

The senior advisor told the publication that the extension only applies to iPhone, not to iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch devices. For those devices, the purchase window for AppleCare+ plans remains limited to 60 days for the time being.

As long as your iPhone is within its one-year limited warranty period, you’ll be able to add an AppleCare+ plan to your purchase. The one-year purchase window for AppleCare plans for Macs and Apple TVs has been available for some time now.

Apple has yet to update the AppleCare mini-site with the extended window.

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AppleCare+ for most iPhone models is priced at $129 or $99 for iPhone SE.

Customers get extended warranty coverage up to two years from the original purchase date. AppleCare+ plans also cover up to two incidents of accidental damage, each subject to a service fee of $29 for screen damage or $99 for any other damage.

The change is retroactive: iPhones sold within the past year now qualify for AppleCare+.

I bought my iPhone 7 Plus in November and Apple says the phone is still eligible for AppleCare. To see your warranty status and eligibility to purchase additional AppleCare coverage, enter your device’s serial number at checkcoverage.apple.com.

To find out the serial number of your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iPod or Apple Watch, go to Settings → General → About.

On your Mac, choosing About This Mac from the Apple menu.

The new purchasing window for AppleCare for iPhone seems to be available in the United States, but not in other countries. We’ll update the article if, and when, new information becomes available. If you see the change in your country, tell us in comments or via tips@iDownloadBlog.com and we’ll update the article.

Source: MacRumors

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    First, it was a year, then down to 60 days and a year on only computer products, then back to one year?

    • techfreak23

      When was it ever a year? It was 30 days at first, then they extended it to 60 days after the 6 came out I think…

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        I talked to Apple support about it when I got my ATV 4 covered, they told me on the phone that a long time ago, all devices had up to one year of eligibility for AppleCare, but then they excluded the mobile devices to only 60 days.

      • techfreak23

        You might be confusing AppleCare with AppleCare PLUS. They used to sell just plain AppleCare, which was the warranty without accidental coverage (hence the PLUS on the current plan). I worked in Apple retail for the last 5 years and it was never a year for the phones or iPads for AppleCare+. It was 30 days at first and then they extended it to 60 right around the time the 6 came out, at which time they discontinued the regular AppleCare plan.

      • Ayush Rathi

        it has always been an year in India. i have purchased the apple care 11 months after puchasing my iphone 5s

      • techfreak23

        India might have different laws regarding warranties that I’m not aware of, but you might also be confusing AppleCare with AppleCare PLUS… they stopped selling regular AppleCare for phones and iPads when the iPhone 6 came out.

  • They haven’t extended it for the UK 🙁 I missed my 60 day window by a couple for days due to the iPhone 7 Plus being delayed and the uncertainty of when I got the device. Ugh.

    • techfreak23

      I would have showed them the tracking info for the device. They thought I had my phone 3 days BEFORE they launched… I was like how the hell could I possibly have my phone BEFORE they started shipping…