After yesterdays’ Apple Special Event where they unveiled the new Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone Xs and Xs Max, and a cheaper iPhone Xr, people noticed that Apple had raised the price on AppleCare+ for the Apple Watch as well as discontinued the link bracelet model, or did they?
For some time, the Link Bracelet Stainless Steel Apple Watch model was the most expensive model before the Edition and Hermès lines. But, the Link Bracelet was absent from the new Series 4 lineup, with the most expensive model being the Milanese Loop before the Hermès model.
In the past, Apple has added and removed bands for Apple Watch for different seasons and collections. A direct link for the Link Bracelet was first spotted by 9to5Mac, and on that page, Apple has discounted the Silver Link Bracelet to $349 for both the 38 mm and 42 mm models while the Space Black is $449.
Furthermore, after the event, the Apple website was updated and many noticed that Apple increased the cost of its extended hardware repair coverage program called AppleCare+ for the Aluminium Apple Watch Series 4. In previous Apple Watch models, the cost for the extended coverage was $49, for the new Series 4 model, it is $79.
But, Apple now offers an installment plan for AppleCare+. Both Stainless Steel and Aluminium Series 4 models are $3.99/mo or $79 up front. The luxurious Hermès model is $3.99 per month for up to 36 months or $99.00 up front.
The increased cost for AppleCare+ for the Aluminium Apple Watch Series 4 may be in part to the new Ceramic back, and the ECG and electrical sensors.
The Series 4 model pre-order starts Friday, September 14th, and available on Friday, September 21st.
If you missed the live event, you can watch it on YouTube.