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The impact of third-party repairs on AppleCare+ coverage

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Apple products have always been trendy, but prices have gone up, and it’s no longer just about having the latest iPhone. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and if you depend on your Apple devices for your day-to-day productivity, it’s important to make sure you’re protected. If you have AppleCare+, you’ll benefit from certain protections when it comes to accidental damage and hardware problems. However, sometimes you might need repairs that aren’t included in your coverage.

Whether you’re looking for Apple Watch repair or Apple computer repair, it’s important to understand the consequences of using third-party repair services for your devices and make sure you’re aware of all the options available to you. Product protection is another great option that covers the same types of damage as AppleCare, in addition to things like breaks, wear and tear, and more. Subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited to get coverage for all your Apple devices and accessories under the same protection plan, for just $9.99 a month.

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Your coverage with AppleCare+

This convenient warranty program offered by Apple provides customers with coverage for hardware problems and accidental damage—within certain limitations.

  • Accidental damage coverage. Maximum of two incidents, including cracked screens, liquid damage, and other approved conditions.
  • Hardware. Repairs and replacements for any defects in workmanship and materials.
  • 24/7 support. Priority access to company experts via phone or chat.
  • Software support. Applies to any macOS and Apple-branded applications.

Authorized vs. Third-party repairs

Before you go to just any repair shop, do a quick online search for “Apple authorize repair near me” to see where the nearest approved shop is located. You should always try to go to an authorized repair shop if you want to avoid a bad Apple repair job. These shops use genuine parts and the staff is trained and certified by Apple.

Third-party repairs are becoming more popular than ever before because of convenience and cost. However, you should always make sure you understand the potential consequences of taking this route.

Average Apple repair costs

When it comes to extended warranty coverage, it’s helpful to understand the cost of repairs that you stand to avoid when you invest in product protection. As expected, Apple repair costs vary with the type of device and repair needed.

  • Mac computers. The average Apple computer repair cost ranges from $90 to $1,500.
  • Apple Watches. The average Apple Watch screen repair cost ranges from $349 to $399.
  • iPhones. The average repair cost for iPhones ranges from $80 to over $300, depending on the type of repair needed.
  • iPads. Average iPad repairs on newer models range from $300 to $350.

Self-service repairs

If you have experience repairing electronics, Apple offers self-service repairs for certain components of their products. Just keep in mind that you need to perform the repairs exactly as directed by Apple’s instructions, or you risk voiding the AppleCare+ warranty. If you’re hesitant about doing your own repairs, it's better to err on the side of caution and take your device to a professional.

A solution without strings

At the end of the day, third-party repairs aren’t worth risking your coverage. However, even if you have AppleCare+, it’s important to consider purchasing additional protection that extends beyond the limitations of what Apple covers.

To make sure you’re always protected from the unexpected, subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited for comprehensive product protection for all your Apple devices and accessories under the same plan, for just $9.99 a month!

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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