People buying Apple’s 2018 iPad Pros, announced earlier on Tuesday, may seriously want to consider AppleCare+ or a rugged case, as the company has raised the cost of out-of-warranty replacements versus older models.
An 11-inch 2018 Pro is $499 to replace, versus $449 for last year’s 10.5-inch Pro, Apple noted in support documents. Replacing the new 12.9-inch tablet will cost $649, well more than the $599 for prior generations.
The higher prices are presumably because of technical improvements, including edge-to-edge displays, TrueDepth cameras for Face ID, and the swapping of Lightning for USB-C. The display is often one of the most expensive parts in any Apple device.
An AppleCare+ plan for the new Pros is $129. This extends warranty and support coverage to two years, and allows two incidents of accidental damage for just $49 per service request. Any Apple Pencil bought in tandem is included, with a cost of $29 for accidental Pencil damage.