AppleCare+ just got cheaper for the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

Macbook Air M1
Macbook Air M1 (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • AppleCare+ just got cheaper across the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.
  • Those with a 13-inch MacBook Pro running an Intel chip won't benefit.

Apple has reduced the price of AppleCare+ coverage on the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks while the Intel MacBook Pro remains the same price.

The move, first reported by MacRumors, means those with an M1 portable Mac will now pay a little less than they would have yesterday. Notably, it does appear that the level of coverage remains the same, suggesting this is a simple case of Apple passing on some savings.

AppleCare+ for the M1 MacBook Air now costs $199, which is a reduction of $50 on the previous $249 price. That price does apply to both the M1 and Intel MacBook Air, although Apple doesn't sell the latter anymore. Third-party retailers are still likely selling through inventory, though.

In terms of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, there's no such luck for anyone buying Intel.

For the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has split AppleCare+ into two separate plans for the M1 and Intel-based models, with pricing for the M1 model lowered to $249, down from $269. Notably, the price of AppleCare+ for the Intel-based 13-inch MacBook Pro remains $269, so customers opting for the Apple silicon model now receive a slight discount.

The report also notes that people who recently bought AppleCare+ can reach out to Apple Support to arrange a cancelation so they can re-buy at a lower price. However, there has been no communication as to what the cutoff will be for such a move.

The M1 MacBook Air is the best MacBook for most people right now and it's great that more people will be able to take advantage of AppleCare+. Coverage includes two repairs for accidental damage every 12 months with a $99 service fee for either screen or external enclosure damage. Other damage comes with a $299 fee. Customers also get 24/7 support thrown in.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.