Tag - AppleCare
As with the recent $50 price cut to the cost of the Apple Watch Sport, Apple has now lowered the cost per incident of an Apple Watch Sport repair that is no longer under warranty to $199, a $30 drop. The purchase price, and out-of-warranty repair charge, for the other versions -- the stainless steel Watch and the gold Edition model -- remains unchanged. By comparison, under the extended AppleCare+ warranty available for either the Watch by itself or the iPhone and Watch combination, defects are repaired at no charge, while user-inflicted damage costs just $69 for the Watch Sport under warranty.
Following the rollout of its own interest-free installment-payments iPhone purchase plan -- which uniquely rolls in the cost of AppleCare+ extended coverage into the monthly payment -- Apple is expanding the program to discount the monthly cost through trade-ins of either older iPhones or Android handsets. The move can effectively cut the cost of the monthly payment by as much as half, with Android switchers reducing the cost of the transition by up to $300.
The best case you can buy for your iPhone is AppleCare: it doesn't stop cracks and shatters, but it can get you a replacement phone. All other actual cases that protect or try to protect iPhones come with the problem that they cover up the device. ActionProof's SP-06 is no different, but it feels less of a compromise -- specifically because it feels rather good.
In addition to the new bands mentioned and now available for the Apple Watch at the recent "Hey Siri" event, Apple is now offering the Space Black Apple Watch Link Bracelet separately of the stainless steel Space Black Apple Watch. The bracelet is available at Apple Stores separately for $549, which is $100 more than if purchased with the Space Black Apple Watch. The bracelet is listed as "coming soon" online.
Following Apple's media event on Wednesday that revealed the new iPad Pro, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and new Apple TV, some details about the new hardware has emerged. While there are also new betas of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan released to developers and public beta testers as well, for this article we'll stick to physical changes in the new Apple products, along with a slight price increase on AppleCare + and the discontinuation of the gold options for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Best Buy customers buying Apple products through the retailer may soon offer more protection for their newly-acquired devices when they reach the checkout. A report claims the electronics chain will start offering AppleCare plans in stores from mid-September, with both AppleCare covering Macs and AppleCare+ for iOS devices and the Apple Watch expected to be offered under the unannounced program.
If you've got a 27-inch iMac that you bought between December of 2012 and September of 2013, go check out whether Apple wants it back. As MacNN reported, Apple has a new replacement program running to fix hard drive problems in some unspecified number of those machines. Do it now: it doesn't matter if your warranty or AppleCare is finished but you must do it now because the program will not last. You'll need your Mac's serial number and you'll need to head to this Apple support page. We did –– and right now, our precious iMac is off on a courier's van.
Apple will now handle support for Beats Music customers, along with businesses offering Apple Pay, through its AppleCare division, according to reports. Previously, Beats Music support was handled by an outsourced firm, but has now been moved in-house after the company was acquired by Apple last year. The move to offer support to businesses implementing Apple Pay will encourage more companies to do so. There is also a specific Merchants support hotline for Apple Pay for those already using the system.
Apple and IBM have unveiled the first iOS apps produced through their partnership announced in July. Available under the "MobileFirst for iOS" banner, the apps target clients in air travel, retail, insurance, banking/finance, government, and telecommunications. Some initial clients include Citi, Air Canada, Sprint, and Banorte.
Following on from the partnership announcement Apple and IBM made in July, Apple has posted a new page to its website announcing a new AppleCare for Enterprise package that includes on-site hardware support from IBM, alongside a fleet of specially-developed apps for vertical markets. The new page is the most prominent sign that Apple and IBM's plans for enterprise are taking shape, built on a bed of strong on-site hardware support, software support and business services.