For iPhones, AppleCare+ expands availability window up to one year post-purchase

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Apple has been leaning back on its draconian warranty practices. One of its recently subtle, unannounced moves was to start accepting third-party repaired phones for subsidized service. But if Cupertino wants to be able to plow its services revenue right quick in the next four years to break off from its dependence of hardware sales, it’s going to need to go beyond breaking revenue records for the App Store.

An AppleCare adviser speaking to MacRumors affirms this notion as US iPhone buyers can now opt-in to an AppleCare+ extended warranty within a year of purchase, longer than the previous 60-day limit. Customers can essentially chain AppleCare+ right off the basic one-year warranty period. The policy applies to new purchases and ones made up to a year ago.

You can check your coverage eligibility here. We don’t see these changes being made outside of the iPhone or the United States.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.