AppleCareEditor: Allyson Kazmucha
AppleCare and AppleCare+ are Apple's own extended warranty programs for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac. Anytime you buy a new Apple product, you get at least one year limited AppleCare warranty that covers hardware failures and manufacturing defects. Some limitations apply and the length of the standard warranty depends on your country. You can choose to extend your AppleCare warranty if you choose for an additional time period. For iPhones and iPads, AppleCare+ also covers accidents such as liquid damage, broken screens, and more.
What Apple product you have will determine what kind of AppleCare service plan you are eligible for. The type of product also determines the price and length of time you can extend the service. iPhones, iPads, and iPods come with a 1 year standard warranty in most countries which can be extended at the time of purchase through AppleCare+. The price is typically around $99 and much be purchased within the first 30 days of owning the product.
Macs are a little different and an extended AppleCare warranty can be purchased and added any time before your one year standard manufacturer's warranty expires. Apple doesn't currently offer an AppleCare+ plan for Macs which means you won't be covered against spills and accidental damage. You are however protected against any mechanical and hardware failures. In most countries, an AppleCare plan for Mac extends the warranty for an additional two years in addition to the one year Apple offers with all of their new Macs.
If you aren't sure whether or not you are currently covered by AppleCare, you can check your warranty status in just a few steps by using our guide:
You can obtain more information about AppleCare and AppleCare+ plans from Apple's website at the following link: