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A new report claims that Apple has secretly lengthened the eligibility window period for its US customers to get AppleCare+. Apple has been reportedly doing this for months now for customers who qualified for an out-of-warranty repair through an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP).
Apple introduced this deal in 2021, wherein Apple customers who failed to get AppleCare+ could still bring their damaged iPhones to an Apple Store or AASP for repairs. This will give them the chance to consider buying AppleCare+, albeit it would require them to first pay for an out-of-warranty repair.
Originally, the policy only applied for a year after the device’s purchase date. However, MacRumors’ new report claims that the window period has been extended to one more year, as indicated in an internal Apple documentation the publication managed to view.
It is important to note, nonetheless, that it will only cover US customers who bought their iPhone units in the country and that the iPhone must first pass inspection before qualifying for the program. Also, the Apple Store and AASP will only inform the customers about the policy after the service, which explains why many are unaware of the matter. With this, and given that Apple still hasn’t made any confirmation about the reported chance, the only way customers can validate this is by trying it themselves.
We will update this story as soon as we receive a comment from Apple.