Let me preface this by saying this. I want the Apple Watch. It’s not a need, strictly a want. I love having something nobody else can have. So naturally last month, I wanted one. Bad. But then came the waiting process, and I had time to think, and now just like people who weren’t up until 3am pre-ordering one, I’ll just be waiting.
Only difference is … those of you who DID manage to purchase one, how will you protect it from incidentals? And what body part will you use as collateral?
The price for AppleCare+ is certainly NOT cheap, but this here is outright crazy. Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport buyers will obviously pay a little less, while Apple Watch Edition buyers will be at your local blood drives soon.
- Apple Watch Sport: Two years of warranty coverage and phone support for $49. Covers two accidental damages over two years with a $69 service fee for each incident.
- Apple Watch: Two years of warranty coverage and phone support for $69. Covers two accidental damages over two years with a $79 service fee for each incident.
- Apple Watch Edition: Three years of warranty coverage and round-the-clock phone support for $1500. Covers two accidental damages over three years with a $1000 service fee for each incident.
Now, say if you opt out of AppleCare+ for your Apple Watch. Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch buyers will receive 90 days of phone support and one year of non-accidental warranty coverage. Apple Watch Edition buyers get two years of phone support and hardware repair coverage at no extra charge.
AppleCare+ for Apple Watch models and the iPhone is only available when you purchase a new Apple Watch model from an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store in the United States.
As an Apple Fanboy, I have to say … if my wrist-wear needs more insurance than my laptop, and they are both made by the same company, I’ll just sit this one out.