You Can Now Prolong Your Mac’s AppleCare+ Protection Past Three Years

You can extend coverage beyond three years, but it certainly won't be free.

Apple has always offered a solid warranty program for its devices with AppleCare +. Not only do Apple devices automatically come with one year coverage, but you can also choose to extend coverage to three years with Apple's extended option. Of course, AppleCare + comes at a cost, but it can be worth it for enhanced security.

However, after three years you will be alone and without cover. Apple is changing this for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch devices. The company is now offering the option to add additional coverage for advanced protection to its computers.

How does Apple's new extended AppleCare + coverage work?

MacRumors noticed a new Apple Support page detailing the crucial details for AppleCare + extended coverage. The page says, "If your AppleCare + plan is about to expire, you may be able to continue reporting."

First of all, please note that the extended AppleCare + for iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch is only available in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Great Britain and the USA. If you pre-purchased AppleCare + for your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, you can renew your coverage on a monthly basis.

If you pre-purchased your AppleCare + plan on a Mac and are in the United States, you can add additional coverage annually.

Apple also offers expanded coverage in mainland China. If you have paid insurance cover for 24 months, you can continue the insurance cover annually after the 24-month period has expired.

Regardless of where you live, you must purchase Extended Coverage within 30 days of the end of AppleCare + by going to mysupport.apple.com. From there, all you need to do is follow the on-screen instructions to upgrade your AppleCare + protection.

Additionally, Apple found that anyone who pays for AppleCare + monthly or annually does not need to take any renewal measures. Instead, the plan coverage can be continued monthly or annually for 24 or 36 months until it is canceled. So if you no longer want coverage, you will have to cancel yourself if you already have a monthly or annual plan.

How do you know when your AppleCare + will expire?

At the bottom of the support page, Apple advises that "You will not receive any notifications that your plan is about to expire unless local law tells you otherwise." This means that you have to check your warranty status yourself.

If you want to check this, just go to mysupport.apple.com and sign in with your Apple ID. From there, select the device you want to check from the list and see when your AppleCare + coverage will expire.

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