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Is AppleCare+ worth the cost? A cost-benefit analysis

Cracked iPhone screen next to AppleCare booklet

AppleCare+ is a popular extended warranty plan that covers all your Apple devices. However, the cost of coverage can vary depending on the plan you choose and the device you’re protecting. It isn’t always worth the price, especially if you run into any damage that isn’t covered by your plan.

If you’re hesitant about going forward with AppleCare and keep asking yourself, “is AppleCare worth it?”, we’ve got the run-down you need to make the best investment and keep your devices protected for years to come. And if you're looking for a cheaper option, be sure to subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited. You'll get unlimited product protection on all your Apple devices and accessories under the same plan, for jut $9.99 a month.

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The cost of AppleCare+

The price of AppleCare+ varies widely depending on your device and coverage plan. We’ve outlined some of the most common plans below:

AppleCare+ for iPhone with theft and loss covered for 2 years

  • iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max: $269 or $13.49/month.
  • iPhone 14 Plus: $249 or $12.49/month.
  • iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12: $219 or $11.49/month.

AppleCare+ for iPhone without theft and loss covered for 2 years

  • iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max: $199 or $9.99/month.
  • iPhone 14 Plus: $179 or $8.99/month.
  • iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12: $149 or $7.99/month.

AppleCare+ for MacBook

  • MacBook Air: $69.99 annually or $199 for 3 years.
  • MacBook Pro 16-inch: $149.99 annually or $399 for 3 years.

AppleCare+ for iPad for 2 years

  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch): $149 or $7.99/month.
  • iPad mini: $69 or $3.49/month.

AppleCare+ AirPods cost for 2 years

  • AirPods, AirPods Pro, Beats: $29.
  • AirPods Max: $59.

The cost-benefit analysis

To determine if AppleCare+ is worth the cost, you need to consider how likely it is that you’ll need to use your coverage. If you have a history of cracked phone screens, it might be worth the investment. Additionally, if you prefer to live with peace of mind, extended warranties are always the way to go.

Common Apple repair costs

When it comes to the cost of repairing or replacing a device without AppleCare+, the price can vary depending on both the device and the level of damage. For instance, a MacBook screen repair cost without AppleCare+ can range from $400 to $800, and easily exceed $1,000 if it needs to be replaced. If you have AppleCare+, repairs range from $99 to $300. With a price tag this high, getting extended coverage is a no-brainer.

For AirPods, you might not be as tempted to purchase protection, but if you tend to misplace your headphones or use them in unpredictable environments, it’s worth looking into.

Another thing to consider is how long you plan to keep the device in question. If you tend to upgrade your devices often, you might be able to rely on the standard limited warranty provided with every Apple product. Another option is third-party product protection, like Mulberry Unlimited, which lets you cover all your Apple products under the same plan.

Conclusion: Is AppleCare+ worth it?

When it comes to AppleCare+, there are certain limitations and additional costs that you might not want to subject yourself to. However, you should always invest in some kind of coverage for your expensive electronic devices.

If you want to make sure you’re always getting the best deal for your extended warranty coverage, subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited! You'll get comprehensive product protection coverage for nearly all Apple devices and products under the same plan, for just $9.99 a month.

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