What Can Apple Detect? All Questions Answered


Have you damaged your Apple device? Are you worried about the warranties, and what can Apple detect? Then you are in the right place.

In this article, I will share the answers to all the questions related to what Apple can detect and related to the warranties. So without any further ado, let’s get started!

Can Apple Detect a Broken Screen?

As a general rule, Apple can detect a broken screen when buying the AppleCare+ by running the device through the remote diagnostic test. However, if you have the AppleCare+ activated, you should note that it covers accidental damage protection and the screen damage costs $29 to repair.

As per Appleinsider.comOpens in a new tab., for the iPhones covered by the AppleCare+ plan, it costs $29 to repair screen damage, whereas any other damage would cost $99.

Let’s say that you just bought your iPhone. Now after a few days, your iPhone screen got broken by accident. Then will you be able to get any protection?

In the support.apple.com articleOpens in a new tab., Apple mentions that the Apple Warranty does not cover accidental damage.

However, if your iPhone screen fails due to any manufacturing issue, it will be covered by the Apple Warranty or Consumer Law.

If you have an active AppleCare+ plan, you can benefit from Apple’s expert technical support and hardware coverage. Along with that, you’ll get two incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months. Each incident is subject to a service fee, though.

The back-glass damage service fee is only available for the following models:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 13 Mini 
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro 
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

Also, it is essential to note that any unused incidents will expire after the 12 months of coverage. However, you’ll get two more incidents to use within the next 12 months of continued coverage.

iPhones are one of the best phones in the market, but at last, they’re also electronic devices. Therefore, they might also need to be replaced at some point. I highly encourage you to go through this article to discuss the seven signs your iPhone needs to be replaced in detailOpens in a new tab..

Will Apple Know If I Replace My Screen?

If any Apple-certified technician manually reviews the iPhone, then there’s a high chance that they will know if the screen is replaced. Also, while inspecting your iPhone when you buy AppleCare+, Apple runs remote diagnostics tests that can likely tell if the screen was replaced.

There might be various seals done when the screen is attached to the iPhone and the casing. So if that seal is broken, the Apple technicians will most likely detect the screen is replaced, or someone has gone through the iPhone.

Also, they may not even need to open the iPhone. They might even just manually inspect and observe the screen and come to know that it is replaced either by feeling the touch or if the screen looks thinner. 

They are Apple technicians, and so they are dealing with Apple products and experience with them. So it would be harder to trick their eyes about the replaced screen when you give them to inspect.

And it is essential to note that according to Apple.comOpens in a new tab., the warranty does not apply to damage caused by service performed by anyone who is not a representative of Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

In this support.apple.com articleOpens in a new tab., it is highlighted that only those technicians who completed the Apple Service Training and who use the genuine parts and tools should replace iPhone displays.

Replacements performed by Non-Apple Certified Technicians and Non-Apple Authorized Service Providers could result in improper functioning or display quality or safety issues. They might not follow proper safety and repair procedures.

Apple displays are made to fit with the device perfectly. If the repair is not done correctly and if the screws or cowlings are not replaced properly, it might leave behind loose parts that could damage the battery, result in overheating or injury.

iPhone displays are made to be compatible with IOS software and perform well. But if non-genuine display parts are used, it can cause multi-touch issues, display brightness, and color issues.

Now, have you ever wondered if apple replacement phones are new? I highly recommend you to check out my complete guide on whether or not Apple replacement phones are new hereOpens in a new tab..

Can Apple Detect Water Damage?

Apple devices such as iPhones and iPods can detect water damage because they have Liquid Contact Indicators (LCIs). Whenever the Apple device equipped with LCI, typically white or silver, comes in contact with water or liquid containing water, it turns entirely red.

Don’t worry; the indicator will only get activated when it comes in contact with water or liquid containing water. It won’t get triggered just by humidity or temperature changes within the product’s environmental requirements.

iPhone and most iPod devices built after 2006 have a Liquid Contact Indicator. 

So if your iPhone has received the water damage, then the LCI would have already detected it, and Apple might have already registered your report based on the device serial number that the device has been damaged by water.

And it is noteworthy that as per support.apple.comOpens in a new tab. if the iPhone or iPod is damaged by liquid, it is not covered by the Apple One-Year Limited Warranty. However, you may have rights under consumer law.

I also recommend you to check out my detailed article on does AppleCare detects water damageOpens in a new tab..

Can Apple Detect Water Damage AirPods?

Apple can’t detect water damage in AirPods as there is no Liquid Contact Indicator present in Airpods. However, if the AirPods are sent to the Apple technician, they are more likely to detect it. Replacement for any physical damage of the AirPods, the AppleCare+ fee is $29 while the out of warranty fee is $69.

AirPod TypeAppleCare+ Fee(each incident)Out of Warranty Fee
AirPods$29$69 each
AirPods Pro$29$89 each
AirPods Max$29Ask your service representative
Source: support.apple.comOpens in a new tab.

For servicing your Apple AirPods, you need to take it to the Apple Store or an Apple Authorised Service provider. There you will need your serial number, so it is crucial to bring your proof of purchase or the original AirPod box along with your original Airpods.

If you have any questions related to Apple Airpods, I highly encourage you to check out my complete guide on Apple AirpodsOpens in a new tab..

Can I extend my iPhone warranty after it expires?

After the iPhone warranty expires, you can extend the warranty coverage by purchasing the AppleCare+. It extends it to up to 2 years from your AppleCare+ purchase date. However, usually, the warranty can be extended only within 60 days of your iPhone purchase.

Generally, every new iPhone comes with an Apple limited warranty as protection if there’s an issue with your device.

However, to extend that protection also to add coverage for accidental damage, you can purchase AppleCare+.

According to Apple.comOpens in a new tab., every iPhone comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty period and up to 90 days of complimentary support.

On the other hand, the AppleCare+ extends the coverage period up to 2 years from the date you purchase the AppleCare+. Also, the AppleCare+ adds up to two incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months.

When Can You Purchase The AppleCare+?

  1. Either purchase the AppleCare+ when you buy the new iPhone.
  2. Or you can buy it within 60 days of your iPhone purchase by calling on 000800 1009009 (However, it requires remote diagnostic and also the proof of purchase).

How Can You Purchase The AppleCare+?

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Go to General and then “About.”
  3. Tap on “AppleCare+ Coverage Available” (If you don’t see AppleCare+ Coverage Available, please make sure to check your Apple device coverage status by inputting the serial number visiting this link: https://checkcoverage.apple.com/Opens in a new tab.).
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions and make your purchase complete.
LocationAppleCare+ Eligibility
In Most Countries And RegionsWithin 60 days of your device purchase
JapanWithin 30 days of your device purchase
China mainlandWithin 7 Days of your device purchase. Or in an Apple Store within 60 days of your device purchase where the proof of purchase is needed, and the device will be inspected.
Source: support.apple.comOpens in a new tab.

Now, I have already written a complete guide to Apple care and damageOpens in a new tab.. I highly recommend you to check that out if you are interested to know everything about it.

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