Apple offers extended warranties in the form of AppleCare+. However, AppleCare+ isn’t the best option. First, let’s look at the price.
For a two-year warranty from AppleCare for a pair of AirPods, you’ll pay $29. Each time you need to make a claim, you’ll also pay a deductible of $29. The two-year warranty for the AirPods Max costs $59 with a $29 deductible per claim. AppleCare+ is more expensive than warranties from independent warranty providers like Upsie.
Upsie offers a longer warranty term (up to three years) and also costs less. For AirPods that cost less than $100, a two-year warranty is only $9.99. For the AirPods Pro, a two-year warranty is $25.99. Upsie’s three-year plan for the AirPods Pro is only $37.99. In addition, Upsie has a lower deductible cost per claim — $25.
When you choose Upsie instead, you save money on every claim. In addition, Upsie customers can make unlimited claims up to the device’s purchase price.
Another downside to AppleCare+ is that you’re limited to using the Genius Bar. Since there are only 272 Genius Bar locations in the US, you could end up traveling over an hour to your repair appointment. In addition, you have to schedule an appointment with the Genius Bar, which could be days or weeks away.
In contrast, Upsie has a network of fully vetted, certified repair shops that have the customer’s best interest in mind. You can go to most shops for same-day repairs and get your device fixed as quickly as possible.