Is AppleCare Worth It? (All You Need to Know)

If you are thinking about purchasing or recently purchased an Apple device, you may be thinking about getting AppleCare. However, you may wonder – is AppleCare worth it?

Well, I have been researching this question and have the information you need to know before you make that decision, so keep reading to learn what I’ve discovered!

Is AppleCare Worth It in 2024?

AppleCare is worth it in almost any situation if you own an Apple device, especially if you’ve purchased the extended AppleCare+ insurance in 2024. For example, with AppleCare, you will be covered in instances of a hardware failure, and have a one-year limited warranty. However, with AppleCare+ you have a two-year extended warranty.

Do you want to know more about AppleCare, like what the pros and cons are? If so, don’t stop reading yet because I have additional details to share with you below!

Is It Worth It to Pay for AppleCare+ Monthly?

For a lot of people, AppleCare+ is worth the money because it offers peace of mind against damage and takes the stress out of the purchase.

For example, if you’ve just purchased an expensive iPhone or Mac, you may worry that in 6-months you’ll accidentally damage your device and then it’s a waste.

However, with AppleCare+, you will have two accidental damage claims that you can make every 12 months, which will cover you if you’ve damaged your expensive iOS device.

That being said, whether AppleCare+ is worth it monthly depends on how often you use your Apple device and how you take care of it.

To illustrate, if you know you’re careless and accident-prone, then it’s worth it, whereas someone that doesn’t use their device often and is careful may not need the service.

What Are the Pros and Cons of AppleCare?

There are a lot of pros and cons of AppleCare if you’re purchasing the AppleCare+ insurance. Some pros include the following:

  • Having an extended warranty that covers your device for two years or longer, depending on the device
  • Covers hardware failures
  • Covers two accidental damage claims every 12 months
  • You have priority access to Apple Support by chat and phone
  • You will have express replacement services
  • You will have two covered claims for theft or loss (only for the iPhone)
  • It gives you peace of mind when purchasing an expensive Apple device

That being said, there are some cons to AppleCare+ as well, including:

  • AppleCare+ is expensive
  • Most repairs will cost you less than the insurance
  • Eligibility to sign up for AppleCare+ is within 60 days of your Apple purchase

Is AppleCare Only Good for 2 Years?

Is AppleCare Only Good for 2 Years?

AppleCare coverage can continue well beyond two years, and can go to 36 months or even more.

Furthermore, you can continue your coverage for as long as you want, and you can cancel the extended coverage anytime you feel it’s no longer worth it.

Does AppleCare Cover a Cracked Screen?

The free version of AppleCare, which comes with all Apple purchases, does not cover a cracked screen.

However, AppleCare+ does cover a cracked screen, which falls under accidental damage.

If you have AppleCare+ and use it to cover cracked screen damage, you will have to pay the deductible to get your device fixed, which will vary by the device you own.

Can You Buy AppleCare Later?

You don’t have to buy AppleCare the day that you purchased your Apple product, but you must purchase AppleCare+ within 60 days to be eligible for the insurance coverage.

Can I Buy AppleCare After Damage?

You can’t buy AppleCare after damage to your Apple device has occurred, and any damaged device will be ineligible for an AppleCare+ insurance plan.

Therefore, it’s best to purchase AppleCare+ insurance before damage occurs so that in the event of damage, your device can be fixed or replaced for a small deductible.

How Many Times Will AppleCare Replace a Screen?

You can only make two claims every 12 months, regardless of what the claims are for, so you can have two cracked screen replacements or repairs every 12 months.

Can I Buy AppleCare+ After 60 Days?

In some situations, you can buy AppleCare+ after 60 days, but it would require you to go into an Apple Store and have a technician look over your device before you become eligible.

For example, the technician will inspect the device for any current damage to ensure the device meets the requirements for AppleCare+.

That being said, you only have 1 year from the purchase date to go into the Apple Store to have your device inspected for eligibility, and there is no guarantee you’ll meet the criteria.

To know more, you can also read our posts on whether or not Apple owns Beats, is Apple TV free, and is Apple podcast free.


AppleCare is worth it for a lot of people, especially if they are accident-prone or have purchased an expensive Apple device and worry about accidental damage or hardware failure.

However, there is AppleCare and AppleCare+ with AppleCare being free and comes with all Apple purchases, whereas AppleCare+ is extended warranty coverage you have to pay for.

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Cara Suppa

Cara Suppa has been freelance writing for over a decade and holds a BA in English and an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications. Outside of work, she is an avid cook, gardener, and discount shopper.

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