On Wednesday, Apple launched the Apple Watch Extremely, a $799 wearable meant for folks partaking in excessive actions like climbing mountains, operating ultra-marathons, or diving. However as MacRumors factors out, breaking its display, button, sensors, or different numerous elements whereas doing any of those actions may very well be very costly: repairs for the watch will price $499 when you don’t have AppleCare Plus (we’ll get to that in a minute), based on an estimate device on Apple’s web site. That’s considerably greater than the $299 restore for an entry-level Collection 8.
Getting the battery changed on an Extremely may even price greater than it will for Apple’s much less excessive watches, coming in at $99 as a substitute of $79. That does make some sense; the Extremely doubtless has a a lot larger battery than the Collection 8, on condition that Apple estimates it’ll final twice as lengthy.
Whereas I do get that it’s all the time enjoyable to poke enjoyable at Apple’s typically out-there pricing — I nonetheless typically have a giggle at the $19 microfiber sharpening material — I do considerably perceive why the Extremely’s repairs will price a lot. Apple Watches are usually tiny and glued collectively, and neither of these elements makes for simple repairs. That roughly leaves Apple with two choices while you ship it your damaged watch; it will probably simply recycle it and ship you a refurbished one, or it will probably rent of us with critical abilities to really restore it. Neither of these choices is precisely low-cost.
Truthful or not, the Extremely’s excessive restore value isn’t distinctive. Apple estimates you’d need to pay the identical $499 to get a Titanium Collection 7 Version repaired, which tracks on condition that the Extremely is produced from the identical materials. (A footnote does say that delivery is free for Apple Watch Editions, the place it’s a must to pay for it in any other case. Apple didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for touch upon whether or not it’d cowl delivery for the Extremely too.) These aren’t even the most costly repairs, although; when you break your ceramic Collection 5, you may be out $800 in order for you it fastened with out AppleCare Plus.
Talking of AppleCare, although, that’s actually the answer right here. Apple’s safety plan for the Extremely is $100 upfront (or $4.99 a month), and that’ll knock repairs right down to a way more manageable $79. In case you get your Extremely repaired even as soon as — and let’s face it when you’re one of many “outside adventurers” Apple’s advertising the watch to, you’ll in all probability need to in some unspecified time in the future — you’ll come out approach forward with AppleCare. Plus, Apple simply made it so the coverage covers limitless repairs as a substitute of simply two a yr, which is a boon for many who’ll be pushing themselves and their gear to its limits.