Apple revealed how much it will cost to fix the iPhone X without AppleCare+ on Friday and it’s a lot more expensive than it used to be — probably because of that fancy new OLED display. If you’ve skipped the protection plan before, you may want to think twice this time around.
Apple’s New Repair Prices
Take a look at the chart above, which shows the cost of repairs without AppleCare+, and you’ll notice the difference immediately. At $418.95, just repairing the iPhone X screen is almost twice as expensive as it was on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Non-screen repairs aren’t cheap either at $818.95, compared to $518.95 on the iPhone 8 and $598.95 on the 8 Plus.
AppleCare+ is also more expensive than it used to be – but once you pay for the extended warranty, the cost of repairs goes down to $45 for screen damage and $149 for everything else. (Without AppleCare+ you’re only covered for one year and only for manufacturing defects).
What that means is that if you break your iPhone X screen just once, you’ll save money thanks to AppleCare+. With previous models, it’s actually been cheaper to go without the protection plan if you only end up cracking the screen once.
So when you’re buying the iPhone X (assuming you can even get your hands on one) take an extra minute to think about whether you should pay for AppleCare+. You’ll thank yourself a few months from now if you drop it and the screen shatters.