$45 AppleCare+ Plan For Airpods and Beats
Apple has quietly announced a new $45 AppleCare+ plan designed specifically for AirPods and Beats earbuds.
The new extended warranty plan was detailed on their website Wednesday, which includes an additional two years of hardware repair from the date of purchase (up from one year) and two incidents of accidental damage coverage.
With the price of repair and replacement reaching upwards of $69 for just a single AirPod, the $45 fee is a no-brainer for those who regularly drop or misuse the ubiquitous white earbuds.
The plan covers everything from the headphones, the battery and the included USB charging cable, Plus in-store and over the phone software support from Apple Geniuses.
Curiously missing from the AppleCare+ coverage however is the charging case that comes with each pair of AirPods.
Also omitted from the warranty is coverage for loss or theft, meaning AirPod users will need to pay extra attention to where their earbuds are at all times.
A Wall Street Journal article earlier this month revealed that since March, a third of all lost item requests in New York Subways were for AirPods.
“They’re (AirPods) tiny. They’re hard to find,” said Steven Dluginski, a Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) maintenance supervisor, speaking to WSJ.
A growing issue for the New York MTA authority, though, Mr Dluginski said, ‘it’s job security, as far as we’re concerned’.
The extended warranty plan can be purchased alongside the headphones or within 60 days of the original purchase.
It should be noted that purchasing AppleCare+ after the initial purchase will require a visit to an Apple Store or by calling tech support to run remote diagnostics on the devices.
AppleCare+ is available for Airpods, Beats EP, Beats Pro, Beats Solo3 and Studio3 Wireless headphones, Beats, Powerbeats Pro and the Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones.