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M1 MacBook warranty costs get slashed — AppleCare+ just got cheaper

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AppleCare+ coverage plans got slashed for M1-equipped MacBooks. The extended warranty for the new M1 MacBook Air dropped to $199 from $249. The M1 MacBook Pro also got a price cut; AppleCare+ coverage for the zippy, well-received laptop now costs $249, down from $269.

If you have an Intel-based MacBook and you're wondering whether you, too, will get a discount, it depends. That sweet $199 price tag applies to both Intel and M1 MacBook Air models. However, if you own an Intel-equipped Pro, you're out of luck. The AppleCare+ cost for that laptop is still $269 (via MacRumors).

Apple slashes AppleCare+ coverage for M1 MacBooks

MacBooks come with a one-year limited warranty and three months of complimentary tech support. Owners can extend their warranty via AppleCare+, which adds coverage for two accidental damage incidents every 12 months. Each is subject to a service fee of $99 for screen repairs and $299 for other damage. These costs have remained unchanged despite the AppleCare+ discounts.

Customers who recently purchased AppleCare+ coverage for any of the three affected models (i.e. M1 Air/Pro and Intel-based Air) can cancel their current plan and purchase a new one at the discounted price. According to MacRumors, customers can do this by contacting Apple Support for assistance.

Apple's been on a roll with revamping its AppleCare+ coverage program. In late April, the Cupertino-based tech giant offered unlimited coverage to customers. Prior to this move, customers could pay for an additional three years of protection via AppleCare+, but they could not get coverage beyond that time frame. Now, Apple customers can opt to extend their AppleCare+ coverage indefinitely. 

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!