updated 10:21 am EDT, Wed September 11, 2013
iPhone accident replacement fees rise to $79
In addition to expanding to Europe, AppleCare+ is now also available for the iPod touch and iPod classic. In the US this costs $59, and extends warranty coverage from one year to two, with matching phone support, and two accidental damage incidents at a reduced $29 fee. Previously, only regular AppleCare was available for iPods.
The inclusion of the Classic is somewhat unusual. Apple hasn't updated the player since 2009, and it has become a marginal part of the company's business, unlikely to need much service. At the same time, the 160GB device does cost $249, more than a 16GB Touch. Apple could also conceivably be planning some sort of update, since it didn't update any of its iPods during yesterday's iPhone event except to add a "space gray" color. A genuine iPod refresh may happen alongside an iPad event anticipated in October.
Apple has meanwhile hiked accident incident fees for the iPhone version of AppleCare+. Whereas it used to cost $49 per incident, that cost is now $79. Accident coverage can, however, entitle people to a replacement unit, which would normally cost more than all the fees involved in paying for the plan.