Should you get AppleCare+ for your new iPad Air 3?
Best answer: Yes. AppleCare+ not only extends the hardware protection to two years, but it also allows you to repair accidental damage to your iPad Air twice for a very reduced fee.Amazon: iPad Air (From $499)Extended Warranty: AppleCare+ ($49 at Apple)
What's covered without AppleCare+?
If you choose not to purchase AppleCare+, your new iPad Air will come with the standard warranty that Apple has on all their iPads.
- One year limited hardware warranty
- 90 days of free technical support
This means if your iPad has some sort of defect with the internal hardware such as the battery, RAM, the Lightning port, or any other hardware problem, and it's not due to accidental or intentional damage, Apple will repair or replace it.
The standard warranty also gives you 90 days of technical support, so if you're having issues with software or need help troubleshooting, you can call 1-800-APL-CARE and get help over the phone with your issue.
The benefits of AppleCare+
If you choose to get AppleCare+ for your iPad Air, you'll have to pay either a flat fee of $69 or $3.49 monthly for 24 months. Whichever payment method you choose, you'll get the same benefits.
- Extends your iPad and Apple Pencil coverage to two years from your AppleCare+ purchase date
- Adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $49 for iPad and $29 for Apple Pencil.
- 24/7 technical support via, phone, online chat, or in-store at Apple retail locations.
If you ever feel like you might need technical support, or you're buying the iPad Air for someone who isn't as tech-savvy, the Apple support can be an invaluable tool to have access to whenever you're in a sticky situation.
Of course, the best part of the AppleCare+ package is the drastically reduced prices on repairs for damage. If you crack the screen on your iPad Air, replacing the screen can cost hundreds of dollars, but if you have AppleCare+, you're only spending $49. Plus, it also covers damage to your Apple Pencil!
Do I have to buy AppleCare+ at the same time as my iPad Air?
Nope! You can actually purchase AppleCare+ through Apple any time during the one-year limited warranty period. That means, if you bought the iPad Air today, this time next year, you could sign-up for AppleCare+ and get an additional two years of coverage, making your coverage three years in total.
If you choose to wait and not purchase AppleCare+ right away, just remember you don't have the additional benefits of AppleCare+.
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High performance, mid-level price
The iPad Air (2019) provides users with high-end performance at a mid-level price. You get a larger 10.5-inch screen, a faster A12 Bionic chip for improved processing speed, higher capacity storage, and True Tone display. It's also the first non-Pro iPad to include the Smart Connector. But it still lacks Face ID and can only support the first-generation Apple Pencil.
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Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way.
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