AppleCare+ has been updated to further benefit consumers
AppleCare+ has been an option for a while, serving as a kind of insurance for owners of Apple products in case of accidents or mishaps. In the past, AppleCare+ would mean a purchaser is eligible for a device replacement if the current battery only lasts 50% as long as it did upon buying it. Now, however, with an update to the terms for the protection plan, a user is eligible for a free replacement if the battery life of an Apple device holds 80% of the charge when it was purchased.
While it is a nice way to add more value to Apple's protection plan, it also serves as something of a commitment to quality. The company has made the Watch's battery to hold 80% of its original charge for up to 1,000 charges, so for anyone whose battery disappoints, Apple will replace the device free of charge. The price for a new battery for an Apple Watch is about $80, so it could convince buyers to spend a little extra for protection.
Unfortunately, this update only affects those who purchased their device with AppleCare+ on or after the date of April 9th, 2015, creating an even stronger case for the notion that it is meant to give Watch wearers in particular more peace of mind. Despite this, it still remains unclear if the Apple Watch will last for two or more years, and we will have to wait and see for ourselves the value and longevity of the timepiece.