Apple Has Changed The Price Of Screen Replacements And AppleCare+ In Australia

If you're buying a new iPhone, you should probably factor the extra cost of Apple's optional device insurance, AppleCare+. For a one-off fee, AppleCare+ will cover the cost of a couple of repairs or replacements from accidental damage. With the launch of the iPhone 7, though, Apple has changed the pricing of AppleCare+ in Australia -- making it cheaper to replace a smashed screen but more expensive to fix anything else.

Previously, AppleCare+ cost $129 in Australia for the iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and earlier models, and $189 for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Now, you'll pay $129 for the iPhone SE and $189 for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus -- no AppleCare+ is available for older devices like the 6 and 6 Plus.

As part of AppleCare+, customers with the service are eligible for up to two repairs or replacements for their covered device within the two year period at a subsidised cost. Previously, a flat rate of $99 was charged no matter the hardware issue on an iPhone 6 or older, and $149 on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Now, you'll pay $45 per incident for screen damage and $149 for any other accidental damage.

Battery replacements are covered under AppleCare+ as before, and are similarly covered by statuory warranty and Australian Consumer Law. Customers can buy AppleCare+ when they pick up a new iPhone, or within 60 days of their iPhone purchase, with proof of purchase required. [Apple]

This story originally appeared on Gizmodo.


    Because of the statutory warranty under Australian consumer laws, is this really worth getting?

    Consumer laws do not cover accidental damage, so yes, these plans are very much worth it if you're prone to dropping or water damaging your phone!

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