According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple is set to introduce a couple of significant changes to its AppleCare support offerings, starting today in the U.S. and Canada. From today, iPhone or iPad customers, who were required to buy the AppleCare+ plan within 30 days of purchase, will now be able to buy the service till 60 days from the original date of iPhone / iPad purchase.
AppleCare+, the premium iPhone and iPad protection plan from Apple, that provides support for an additional two years on top of the free 90 days of support and support for up to two incidents of accidental damage, costs $99 for both recent iPhone and iPad models. The extended 60 day window will now give customers more time to decide if they need enhanced support for their iOS devices or not.
Another change going into effect includes discontinuation of the previous, less-expensive AppleCare protection plan (without support for accidental damage) for both the iPhone and iPad. This will also go into effect today in the U.S., Canada and Japan, with other regions to follow in the next few weeks.
Apple has already updated its website to reflect the changes, while AppleCare phone support and Apple Store support employees will be made aware of the changes today as well.