A common thought process for anyone ready to upgrade their iPhone this time of year involves deciding where they should buy their new smartphone: from their wireless carrier or directly from Apple.
If you go the Apple route, that means either paying full price up front for the new phone—good luck with the new iPhone X in that case—or joining the iPhone Upgrade Program. Introduced in 2015, that program divides the cost across 24 months of interest-free payments and the option to trade up after the first 12 payments have been made, but it comes with the caveat that you have to pay for AppleCare+ insurance as well. This is similar to wireless carriers who started rolling out similar offerings, but it’s the inclusion of AppleCare+ that often raises the price higher than those plans.
Now, though, Apple has a new Apple iPhone Payments option that rolled out recently, but they company isn’t making much of a stink about. The option is tucked away under a “Show more payment options” tab on the company’s website—despite being the only extra payment option.
The big differences between the two payment plans revolve around the insurance and upgrade eligibility. AppleCare+ will note be included with Apple iPhone Payments, bringing the overall cost down. But, in return, the customer loses the ability to upgrade until after the phone has been paid off. They are also required to have a wireless plan in order to go with that payment option.
So, if you hate your wireless carrier enough to skirt around them and pay Apple directly, this might be the plan for you.
A Second Home
Las Vegas is our second home and the CES family sends their thoughts, prayers and condolences to the victims of this tragedy.
— CES (@CES) October 2, 2017
As many of us woke up on Monday morning, we started our day by hearing the overnight news out of Las Vegas. We can’t add any more to what’s already been reported on, other than to add our condolences to an unspeakable event.
In our minds, as a consumer tech publication, Las Vegas is synonymous with CES, the massive trade show put on by the Consumer Technology Association. CTA CEO Gary Shapiro offered a brief but meaningful statement on the news.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the tragic shooting last night in Las Vegas. As host to CES, the city is like a second home to the entire CES family,” Shapiro said. “We, like so many across the nation, are waiting to hear that our family and friends are safe. Our hearts and prayers are with the entire Las Vegas community.”
More CE News
- Sony is reportedly prepping an updated version of PlayStation VR that will have HDR support and a streamlined design.
- DJI enabled privacy drone mode that turns off internet capabilities into and out of the Pilot app during flights. This comes shortly after cybersecurity issues were uncovered by the U.S. Army, though the company was already working on this sort of update.
- A Fitbit Ionic review shows that the company’s new smartwatch isn’t necessarily an Apple Watch killer, but it’s still a viable option.