AppleCare+ already covers plenty of Apple devices, including coverage of two incidents of accidental damage. However, the plans are limited to the customer’s home country, and doe not cover damage caused on international grounds. In other words, if I travel to another country and shatter my iPhone screen, I am not able to get repairs under AppleCare+ at an Apple Store in that country.
According to TechCrunch, Apple is reportedly looking to reverse this policy and expand AppleCare+ to include coverage for international travelers. This is great for business customers or customers who travel a lot, particualrly because the iPhone is often the most important device a person carries with them.
It makes sense for Apple to add this new policy because it shouldn’t matter from where the iPhone came, especially since the hardware, software and warranty plans are all produced by the same company. AppleCare+ for all iOS devices is offered in Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US. This means that all Apple Stores in these countries will be able to service iOS devices purchased in any one of these countries.
I think this is great for when I travel to other countries, though I can’t help but wonder why this wasn’t implemented to begin with. As Apple introduces its iPhone and iPad in more and more countries, it makes sense to make the warranty universal, especially if all stores are already company operated.