According to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple and Best Buy may have struck an agreement to allow the retailer to offer AppleCare in store.
The change will reportedly take place when the iPhone 6s is launched this fall, and will be available for more than just phones. Under the new agreement, Best Buy would offer AppleCare at checkout, making them the only third-party retailer to offer the warranty.
AppleCare sold through Best Buy will be very similar to the one Apple sells, but it will reportedly offer additional benefits.
“The AppleCare plans sold through Best Buy will operate identically to the offerings sold directly from Apple, but they will also combine in Best Buy’s standard warranty. Customer who purchase an Apple product along with AppleCare through Best Buy will be able to service their devices either directly via Apple or through Best Buy itself.”
The report notes that Best Buy was reluctant in offering AppleCare, as it already offers its own warranty plans for phones and computers. With only one month remaining until the expected iPhone 6s announcement and release, it won’t be long before we find out if Best Buy will actually offer AppleCare to its customers.
Earlier this week, Best Buy Canada started selling the Apple Watch like Best Buy in the United States, and because of this it is possible that the AppleCare offer may also launch in Canada.