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Vision Pro cover glass repair will cost you $799 without AppleCare Plus

Vision Pro cover glass repair will cost you $799 without AppleCare Plus

The Apple Vision Pro headset has a sticker price of $3,499, which is no surprise. But if you choose not to pay the extra $24.99 per month or $499 for two years of AppleCare Plus coverage, be sure to handle your new headset with kid gloves. According to Apple's updated support page for the Vision Pro, for users without a coverage plan, repairing the broken cover glass will cost $799.

If you're covered under AppleCare Plus, repairing a broken cover glass or other accidental damage will cost $299. At these rates, the total cost for two years of AppleCare Plus payments plus the reduced cover glass repair fee is $798 – a full $1 less than the repair cost without the service plan.

The terms and conditions (PDF) state that coverage includes any "unexpected and unintentional external event", including spilled liquids or falling equipment. If you're unusually clumsy, rest assured that the AppleCare Plus plan covers "unlimited" incidents over a two-year period, as long as you come up with $299 each time.

More advanced repairs may be where Apple's extended coverage for the Vision Pro is really needed. Repairing other damage could cost you up to $2,399 — more than two-thirds the cost of a brand-new Vision Pro while extended coverage is in place, even if the damage requires replacement of the device. Apple wasn't specific about what level of damage might require a full replacement, but your local fix-it place probably doesn't have a 23 million pixel micro-OLED display on the back.

The increasing availability of DIY and third-party repair services has sometimes provided an inexpensive alternative to Apple's official methods for repairing other devices. Last year, after Right to Repair laws were passed in several US states such as California, Minnesota and New York, Apple committed to making parts, tools and information available for DIY repairs of its devices.

The last time the iPhone 15 launched, Apple expanded its self-service repair offering to cover new phones after about a month, and if it suits the Vision Pro, DIY and third-party repairs If it does, there may be another option for taking care of anything that breaks. But for now, Vision Pro buyers can consider settling the cost of AppleCare Plus at its already high price — and take extra precautions when walking around in their new glasses.

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