What you need to know
- Apple's newly announced AirPods Max have AppleCare+ available at $59 for two years.
The newly announced AirPods Max are certainly on the costly side so you're probably going to want to take out AppleCare+. You can add AppleCare+ coverage to your new headphones for a one-off fee of $59 and get two years of coverage.
Like other Apple gear, AppleCare+ extends the standard 90-day tech support period and adds accidental damage from the date you buy the coverage. You'll be able to claim for two incidents of accidental damage per 12 months, although you'll still have to hand over $29 per incident – plus any local tax you might be liable for.
Apple's new AirPods Max are the over-rear headphones we've been hearing so much about this year and were previously thought to carry the AirPods Studio name. We're also hearing that there may be a cheaper AirPods Max Sport of some sort, although there's no telling when the less costly variant might be announced. If, indeed, it happens at all.
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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.