If you thought keeping a smartphone in good condition – avoiding cracked screens, dinged-up metal edges, and scuffed plastic backs – was hard enough, that’s got nothing on protecting a smartwatch. Constantly exposed to doorknobs, sharp corners, and countless other hazards looking to mar their finishes, it’s almost a miracle we’re able to keep them in good condition for more than a few hours. As a result, it’s not surprising that many users find themselves in need of smartwatch repair at one time or another. Luckily for Apple watch owners, some of those repairs are becoming slightly more affordable.
If you damage your Apple Watch, you have a few options: you could take advantage of AppleCare+ coverage, assuming you were already signed up, you could take Apple to court and try to argue that your smartwatch should have been more durable (good luck), or you could man up and pay Apple’s out-of-warranty service fee.
Back at Monday’s Apple event, the company revealed some new band options for its smartwatch, along with a lower price point for the most affordable Apple Watch Sport: rather than $350, Apple would begin selling the wearable for $300. In order to reflect this new value, Apple’s now also lowering its out-of-warranty service fee for the Apple Watch Sport, dropping from about $230 to $200.
That’s all that’s changing, though – service fees for the other Apple Watch options remain unchanged, as their retail prices have yet to see the same cut the Apple Watch Sport just experienced.