Apple has quietly extended the window in which new iPhone owners can buy AppleCare+ from 60 days to one year.
The change was first spotted by MacRumors, who cites an unnamed senior AppleCare advisor and multiple other tipsters, and while it has yet to officially hit the AppleCare+ product page, customers can input the serial number of their device in Apple’s extended coverage eligibility tool to see the new purchase option.
MobileSyrup was able to confirm Apple’s updated AppleCare+ policy is active in Canada by inputting the serial number of an iPhone 7 that was purchased more than 60 days ago.
The change brings AppleCare+ for iPhone in line with the Mac and Apple TV programs, which can be purchased within the standard one-year limited warranty period. According to MacRumors, the change is being instituted retroactively so that any iPhone sold that is still within its first year is eligible for AppleCare+.
The publication states its sources also insisted that the change applies to the iPad, iPod Touch and Apple Watch, though there’s been no confirmation on that front yet.
AppleCare for iPhone also covers EarPods, Lightning to USB cables and defective batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity. With iPhone AppleCare in Canada, screen damage incidents cost $39 CAD to repair, while any other damage costs $129 CAD.