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baxingo
Jan 13, 2011, 10:07 AM
Well i'm going to be ordering my macbook air very soon, and I am wondering if I should spend an extra $200 on the apple care? I could buy ms office for mac or iwork with the money, but If you think apple care is the way to go then I think i might do it. Also does apple give a standard warranty with macbook airs even if you don't buy apple care? like a couple months or something?



MacDawg
Jan 13, 2011, 10:09 AM
1 year standard warranty
Apple Care extends it to 3 years

Roll the dice

I buy it for my Mac

ECUpirate44
Jan 13, 2011, 10:09 AM
Yes, definitely buy Apple care. It has saved me before. I'm sure many others will say the same as well.

simsaladimbamba
Jan 13, 2011, 10:10 AM
All Apple hardware comes with a one-year limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary telephone technical support. To extend your coverage further, purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Because Apple makes the hardware, the operating system, and many applications, Apple products are truly integrated systems. And only the AppleCare Protection Plan gives you one-stop service and support from Apple experts, so most issues can be resolved in a single call.



from http://www.apple.com/support/products/

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1041667
http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-1001311.html
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1072015
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1017639

hfg
Jan 13, 2011, 10:23 AM
Remember that you don't have to buy it right away, you can purchase it anytime within the first year of ownership. You could purchase the software you need now, and get the Apple Care later on when you have the cash. Just be sure you get it in time to register it before the 1 year from purchase date.

-howard

baxingo
Jan 13, 2011, 10:29 AM
thanks for all the quick replies, i think im going to go for it, i'll be using it for at least the next 3 years.

uwetodd
Jan 13, 2011, 10:30 AM
Yes, definitely buy Apple care. It has saved me before. I'm sure many others will say the same as well.

Agreed. I forget what the price range is for the MBA ($100-190), but feel the piece of mind is well worth the cost. I have the "13 (loaded) and think it cost me ~$150(?).

Bakari45
Jan 13, 2011, 11:07 AM
Yeah, Iím going to wait until about the first year is up on the standard warranty before I drop $249 for the extended Apple Care.

Mabyboi
Jan 13, 2011, 12:18 PM
Ive always purchased the AppleCare on my macs, but now that I remember that you can purchase it at any time in the first year I may second guess it and buy it closer to the 11th or 12th month, usually I change computers every 8 or so months so spending the extra money doesnt REALLY benefit me...

baxingo
Jan 13, 2011, 12:29 PM
Ive always purchased the AppleCare on my macs, but now that I remember that you can purchase it at any time in the first year I may second guess it and buy it closer to the 11th or 12th month, usually I change computers every 8 or so months so spending the extra money doesnt REALLY benefit me...

You make a good point, in the last four years, I've gone through four laptops and three desktops

Kachadurian
Jan 13, 2011, 12:57 PM
Yeah, Iím going to wait until about the first year is up on the standard warranty before I drop $249 for the extended Apple Care.

Get it from B&H photo for $180.

Tom

G4DP
Jan 13, 2011, 01:18 PM
Yeah, Iím going to wait until about the first year is up on the standard warranty before I drop $249 for the extended Apple Care.

I've never understood this. Why go for 9 months without the phone support. It makes no sense. As AppleCare only takes it to three years from date of purchase you might as well buy it when you buy the machine. You don't gain anything by leaving it.

GGJstudios
Jan 13, 2011, 01:41 PM
I've never understood this. Why go for 9 months without the phone support. It makes no sense. As AppleCare only takes it to three years from date of purchase you might as well buy it when you buy the machine. You don't gain anything by leaving it.
Except some may find it financially easier to spread out the cost by waiting to buy AppleCare, especially if 90 days of phone support is sufficient for their needs.

Appleind
Jan 13, 2011, 04:27 PM
Go for it when you buy it. Better safe than sorry ;)

snouter
Jan 13, 2011, 05:37 PM
Just how I play it:

You get one year with the OEM warranty. In my experience, it's more likely to be defective early one. If I get through the first year with no issues, then I rather assume I got a "good one" and I use it for another 6-12 months. Then I sell.

At this point, I have gotten ~2 years out of the laptop, saved $250 by skipping Apple Care and get ok resale value, especially when you realize you never spent the $250.

Of course, if you are going to keep the laptop for a long time, then maybe it's more worth this. After 2 years, I usually want a new one.

Some people will say they are easier to sell with Apple Care. I've never had a problem. People care about price and I would have to raise the price if it had 1-2 years of Apple Care left.

I figure I stay in a pretty current laptop for about $50 a month this way, and I'm ok with that.

Optimouse^^
Jan 13, 2011, 05:44 PM
I have bought it with every other Apple notebook purchase, but I plan on upgrading my MBA to a higher capacity SSD in a couple months (roughly 2 months into owning my MBA). I thought about it, and decided not to go with the extra protection b/c I figured that once I upgraded the SSD I would have nullified the Apple care.

HLdan
Jan 13, 2011, 05:47 PM
Ebay is the best place to buy Applecare as the price is too good to pass up. I always buy my Applecare and Mobileme renewals there. Just make sure that it's a sealed box and not an activation code. Also don't wait till the 11th or 12th month, it may not work to your advantage. If you wait till then you may not have the funds available, it happens. Also if you wait till then and your Mac is still running fine it's a good possibility you'll pass up on buying the Applecare and then something will break down after the warranty expires.

Aatos.1
Jan 13, 2011, 05:48 PM
I always buy Apple Care with my new Macs. The service is excellent & valuable.

HLdan
Jan 13, 2011, 05:50 PM
I have bought it with every other Apple notebook purchase, but I plan on upgrading my MBA to a higher capacity SSD in a couple months (roughly 2 months into owning my MBA). I thought about it, and decided not to go with the extra protection b/c I figured that once I upgraded the SSD I would have nullified the Apple care.

Actually that won't happen. The only thing that won't be covered under Applecare would be your upgraded SSD. Now, if you have one of the new MBA's that might be possible that your Applecare is voided because Apple uses security torx screws because they don't want you to get inside the machine.

psirix
Jan 15, 2011, 03:22 PM
I've always bought it with my Macs but since the MBA is my second Mac I did not purchase it right away. I'm going to see how things go and possibly purchase in the end of the 1 year warranty. The only advantage for now would be phone support but I have no need for that. The MBA was already pricey for a second machine so I couldn't justify nearly another $200.

wpotere
Jan 15, 2011, 03:29 PM
1st Gen MBA going in tomorrow for a failing HD. Yes, it is worth it!

Optimouse^^
Jan 16, 2011, 09:18 AM
I would love to know the answer to this since I do have one of the new MBA models with the torx screws. I need to buy a new case, so I'll ask next time I'm an Apple store.

Actually that won't happen. The only thing that won't be covered under Applecare would be your upgraded SSD. Now, if you have one of the new MBA's that might be possible that your Applecare is voided because Apple uses security torx screws because they don't want you to get inside the machine.

ReelAction
Jan 17, 2011, 02:15 AM
Just how I play it:

You get one year with the OEM warranty. In my experience, it's more likely to be defective early one. If I get through the first year with no issues, then I rather assume I got a "good one".

I use a similar approach - if all is well for the initial 6 months then I assume all is OK. If I have a re-occurring problem(s) then my decision is to either sell or obtain the extended warranty.
In the past I have bought the warranty, which has served me well with past Dell laptops - Had nbd onsite service in the US, Hong Kong, and Singapore for various failures, including a HDD replacement in S'pore.
But it is not apparent that Apple has this type of world wide service, so will have to reflect on the other option more, since I regularly travel and my MBP is my "bread and butter" computer for my biz.
Therefore I have to weigh the time required for time to transfer to a new computer and sell the old versus paying $200+ for unknown service.

yly3
Jan 17, 2011, 02:31 AM
Remember that you don't have to buy it right away, you can purchase it anytime within the first year of ownership. You could purchase the software you need now, and get the Apple Care later on when you have the cash. Just be sure you get it in time to register it before the 1 year from purchase date.

-howard

Thanks ! that's very good to know. Can I buy Apple Care anywhere on the globe or I need in the same country I bought the Mac ?

GGJstudios
Jan 17, 2011, 10:59 AM
I would love to know the answer to this since I do have one of the new MBA models with the torx screws. I need to buy a new case, so I'll ask next time I'm an Apple store.
Apple Warranty: Installing Memory, Expansion Cards, User Installable Parts Does Not Void Warranty (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=13946)
You may install memory (RAM, VRAM), and other customer-installable parts without voiding your Apple warranty.
From the MacBook Air User's Guide (Late 2010) (http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/MacBook_Air_13inch_Late2010_UG.pdf):
Your MacBook Air does not have any user-serviceable or user-replaceable parts.
Thanks ! that's very good to know. Can I buy Apple Care anywhere on the globe or I need in the same country I bought the Mac ?
http://www.apple.com/support/products/faqs.html
Where can I purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan?
Apple recommends that you purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan in your country of residence, because each AppleCare Protection Plan has terms and conditions specific to consumers in the country or region in which the plan is offered.

keviikev
Jan 17, 2011, 03:49 PM
I plan to keep my MBA longer several years. I got able care for $190 with Tax using my government discount.