It's nearing time for Apple to launch something – but with smashed iPhone 4S screens littering the place, potential iPad 3 (or iPad HD) owners might be interested in reports that Apple is set to expand its iPhone-only AppleCare+ protection plan to the iPad. And we're hoping that Apple will find it in its polycarbonate heart to bring the US-only-for-now scheme over to the UK too.
Both MacRumours and 9to5Mac have sources claiming that the iPad 3 will be included in AppleCare+ which currently costs US$99 (£63) and extends free repair service to two years from when you first clamp hands on your iPhone 4S.
That includes accidental damage – and you can get up to two new handsets at $49 (£31) each if you're particularly clumsy; much better than the current £120 Apple will charge you to swap a damaged handset if you're stuck without cover. Not the most exciting iPad 3 rumour around but we're hoping AppleCare+ will get a mention at the launch.
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