If you decide to buy a new high-end product, paying for AppleCare+ protection might be a good idea. As pointed out, without AppleCare+, the repair bill for the Apple Watch Ultra would be an eye-popping $499. Not only is that nearly two-thirds the price of the $799 Ultra, but it’s the cost of the Apple Watch Series 8 with cellular connectivity.
Apple repairs physical damage to the device. During coverage, AppleCare+ includes “Unlimited Accidental Damage Protection”. Even so, you’ll still have to pay a $79 repair service fee. Meanwhile, Apple charges $99 to replace the battery, even if you have AppleCare+.
Repairs without AppleCare+ protection cost between $299 and $399 depending on the model (devices start at $399). AppleCare+ service fee is $69. Apple Watch SE repairs outside of AppleCare+ coverage range from $199 to $229. The battery replacement fee for non-Ultra models is $79.
Meanwhile, we used Ultra this week. While the device does appear to be sturdier than other Apple Watch models, it’s also not immune to damage, so paying $99 for AppleCare+ insurance can prevent your wallet from feeling a sharper sting.
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