Apple has introduced the AppleCare Protection Plan for iPhone users in the US.

The scheme costs $69 and extends the hardware repair warranty on the product to two years from the date the iPhone was originally purchased.

Every iPhone comes with one year of hardware repair coverage and up to two years of technical support. Buying the plan means Apple-authorized technicians will repair it or provide a replacement using "genuine Apple parts", the company says on its website.

The plan must be purchased while aniPhone is still within its original one-year warranty. Service coverage may be subject to certain restrictions.