Is AppleCare+ Finally Worth it for the iPhone 12?


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If you’re an iPhone owner who is clumsy AF, AppleCare+ is always worth it. Full stop. However, if you’re like me—generally decent about keeping your phone from plummeting into the ground, but never capable of a flawless victory—you’re probably wondering if it’s ever worth it to sign up for Apple’s fix-it service.

Well, let’s do the math. For the sake of argument, I’m going to assume that you’re thinking about AppleCare+ for your iPhone 12, since odds are good that you can no longer purchase AppleCare+ for the iPhone you’re currently using.

If you don’t buy AppleCare+ and drop your iPhone…

Elect to walk on the wild side, and you’ll be paying this much for any kind of out-of-warranty screen repair for your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro:

  • iPhone 12 Pro: $279
  • iPhone 12: $279

Interestingly, Apple hasn’t published its figures for the iPhone 12 Pro Max or iPhone 12 Mini yet. I would expect the former, like Apple’s pricing for its various iPhone 11 models, to cost a bit more for a screen repair—around the $329 range.

As for the iPhone 12 Mini, I have absolutely no idea what it might cost to repair a broken screen. I doubt you’ll be able to fix your device for less than $200—the cost to repair a basic iPhone 11. Though an iPhone 12 Mini has as smaller screen than the iPhone 11, Apple is still using a more-expensive OLED display, which would naturally cost more to replace than the iPhone 11’s LCD.

With AppleCare+, however, your price for a screen repair drops to a mere $29, regardless of whatever iPhone you have. Of course, you have to factor in the AppleCare+ pricing, too, for 12 months of protection:

  • iPhone 12 Mini: $149 regular, $219 w/ “Theft and Loss”
  • iPhone 12: $149 regular, $219 w/ “Theft and Loss”
  • iPhone 12 Pro: $199 regular, $269 w/ “Theft and Loss”
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: $199 regular, $269 w/ “Theft and Loss”

So, basically, you’re pre-paying for one iPhone drop (with a bit of a discount) when you buy AppleCare+. You get two of these “incidents” per 12-month period, so if you’re especially clumsy, AppleCare+ is the way to go.

Can one really predict these things though? That’s kind of the dilemma with…