AppleCare+ for iPhone and iPad purchase period extended to 60 days, standard plan dropped

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There has been talk that Apple was gearing up to put a bigger focus on their extended warranty service for the iPad and iPhone known as AppleCare+, and it looks like that movement begins in July with an extended purchase window and more.
In June, it was reported that Apple was setting themselves up for some major changes to the way they handled AppleCare+, their extended warranty and service plan for mobile devices. In the initial report, changes were coming to a wide range of Apple products, including Apple IDs and iOS support, and it looks like the first wave has just crashed.
According to a report from 9to5Mac, Apple has begun extending the purchase period of AppleCare+ to 60 days. Previously, anyone who picked up a new iPhone or iPad had 30 days to decide whether or not they wanted the extended warranty service for their mobile device. Now, though, that window has been extended to 60 days, giving customers plenty of time to determine whether or not the $99 service is worth it to them.
Unfortunately, as of the time of this writing, it looks like all regions are supported except Japan, where the purchase period is still said to be 30 days.
Perhaps not surprising, Apple is also reportedly taking away the standard AppleCare plan, to make sure that all eyes are on AppleCare+. That plan, while cheaper, offered fewer options for extended warranty, including the lack of accidental damage coverage. This specific change is going into effect today, but only in Japan, Canada and the United States. Other regions in the world are said to be included in the near future.
You can pick up AppleCare+ through an Apple retail location, or through the Apple Online Store. Some customers have reported the AppleCare+ changes are already showing up through Apple’s Online Store, while others are not seeing the changes quite yet.
Do you use AppleCare+? Do you plan on signing up in the near future?
[via 9to5Mac]


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