GADGET DESIGNER Apple has brought its Applecare+ service to the UK, which might be good news for those planning to pick up an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C.
Applecare+ is essentially Applecare for mobile devices, and it has been nursing US users' iPhone handset for a while.
The Applecare+ service, which also covers iPads, costs £79, and for that you get two years of repair protection for your iOS device.
This isn't as great as it might sound however, as Applecare+ only covers two accidents over that 24 month period, so if you drop your shiny iPhone 5S for a third time, you'll likely have to cough up the repair cost to get it fixed. What's more, to get your device replaced or fixed you'll have to first hand over a £55 excess fee.
Still, the scheme also offers iPhone and iPad users technical support over the phone, with the firm promising to resolve any questions regarding iOS, iCloud, wireless networks and Apple branded applications.
Applecare+ also covers the boxed accessories that come with your device, so if you're Lightning adaptor starts playing up, you should be able to get this replaced rather than having to fork out £15 for a new one.
In the small print on its website, Apple explains that in order to be covered, you'll have to purchase Applecare+ within 30 days of buying a new iPhone or iPad device. You will also need to affirm that the device has no pre-existing damage.
If you're in the US and reading this, we have some bad news. As well as introducing Applecare+ in the UK, Apple has silently increased its prices for the service in the US, with the service fee for accidental damage being hiked from $49 to $79. µ
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