Not mentioned in the announcements this week was that Apple has again increased the AppleCare+ pricing and service fees for the iPhone 6s line. AppleCare+ will now cost users $129.99 (up from $99.99) for an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus while the service fee for accidental damage will now cost $99.99 (up from $79.99) I’ve pondered before whether AppleCare was really a good value for these devices and with this recent price increase, I now have stronger doubts about whether I’ll be buying AppleCare with my next iPhone.
You want the numbers? If you bought AppleCare+ a single accidental damage incident will cost a you $229.98 (cost of AppleCare+ plus the service fee). By comparison, according to Apple’s support site the out-of-warranty replacement cost for the iPhone 6s is only $299 or $329 for the iPhone 6s Plus. If you only need a screen repaired, the cost ranges from $109 - $149.
AppleCare+ is basically an insurance policy. So you need to analyze your tolerance for risk and the likelihood of needing repair or replacement. Phones used by children, young adults and daredevils are probably at higher risk for replacement and AppleCare+ may make sense. If you’re the type of person who keeps your phone in a case or a bag, are more cautious, have never accidentally damaged a phone before, or have the cash to cover an out-of-warranty repair you may be able to tolerate more risk and save money by not buying into the plan.
Things to think about….
Update: I've received a few tweets from people pointing out AppleCare+ is included with the new Apple installment payment option. While this is true, the cost of Apple's installment payment is typically higher than carrier plans to include the added AppleCare+ cost. You'll need to run your own numbers based on your carrier and plan.