AppleCare+ for iPhone was refreshed after Apple’s event yesterday, and so was the protection plan for aluminum Apple Watch Series 4 models. Since 2015, AppleCare+ for the aluminum models has been $49, this year it’s seeing an increase.

The changes to AppleCare+ for iPhone brought a new option to add theft and loss coverage for an extra fee. For the first time Apple is also letting customers pay for the protection plan monthly, although at a higher price than paying up front.

Changes to AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Series 4 aluminum models have arrived as well. There’s no option to add coverage for theft or loss, but the price has jumped from $49 for the two-year plan to $79.

Like the iPhone coverage, this year also brings a monthly payment option for AppleCare+ for all Apple Watches, but it’s more expensive than paying outright. $3.99 for 24 months comes to just shy of a $26 premium to spread out the cost.

This year’s price change puts AppleCare+ at the same rate for the stainless steel and sport models. Like previous years, the 3-year protection plan for Apple Watch Hermès models is $99 up front or $3.99/month ($45 premium) with the new installment option.


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