It just got a lot less expensive to fix your broken MacBook – Business Insider

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Everyone has made the stupid mistake of dropping an
expensive device.

Usually it’s a phone, followed moments later with the awful
sound of the display cracking into dozens of pieces. Sometimes
— even worse — it’s a tablet or laptop. 

And then things get really bad: You’ve gotta pay
whatever exorbitant price to repair your device. In the case of
Apple’s line of MacBooks, the price for accidental damage
was especially high — in the ballpark of $500 for a broken
display, and near $800 for liquid damage (like, say, a laptop
falling into a swimming pool).

At least that was the case until Monday, when Apple quietly
introduced AppleCare+ for
: An insurance program that already found popularity with
iPhone owners that’s now being extended to Apple’s line of

AppleCare+ for Mac

The program is relatively simple:

  • You pay a flat, one-time fee for AppleCare+ for Mac on your
    device of choice (from the MacBook Air all the way to the Mac
    Pro), ranging from $170 to $380.
  • AppleCare+ automatically extends the one-year repair
    warranty to three years.
  • Most importantly, AppleCare+ “adds up to two incidents of
    accidental damage coverage.”

That last part is so crucial because, previous to this program,
you were stuck with a huge fee for accidental damage — stuff like
dropping your device (by accident!) or spilling a glass of water
on the keyboard (also by accident!). 

“There was no coverage for accidental damage in Macs,” one Apple
employee told Business Insider. “Even if you were under
[warranty], if you broke your screen you paid $475 for that
display. If it was liquid damage, it was a flat rate cost of

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Now, with AppleCare+ for Mac, a cracked screen costs just $99 to
repair. If you’re dealing with liquid damage, you’re looking at a
charge of $299. Even with the most expensive AppleCare+ plan
($380 for the MacBook Pro) and the cost of the screen repair
($299), there’s a drop in price.

And that’s nice! If nothing else, it’s nice that there’s
now an option for insuring against insanely high repair
costs for accidental damage with Apple’s most expensive hardware.
You can learn more about AppleCare+ right here.


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