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Old Dec 22, 2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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Should purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan before my one year warranty expires?

My macbook pro has a one year warranty which is about to expire. Should I buy the AppleCare plan before it expires? Can I still buy AppleCare even after my one year warranty period expires?

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Old Dec 22, 2012, 09:27 AM   #2
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You have to buy before the year is up. I bought it for peace of mind on my iMac but it's up to you. If you live in Europe you will still have a limited warrantee after a year.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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You must buy and register the AppleCare before the 12 months standard warranty ends.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 02:40 PM   #4
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I recommend purchasing AppleCare - especially if you plan on selling the machine in the next two years.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 07:05 PM   #5
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Must....

buy in the year. And definitely worth it, in case any problems show up or you want to sell the machine later



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Old Dec 22, 2012, 07:13 PM   #6
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I'd say wait if your on the fence till its almost the end of the year then decide if you want to keep or sell to upgrade. Often times the amount to get the warranty will be almost the amount lost if you sell then buy the newer model .
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 01:42 AM   #7
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Thank you for all answers. Does that means if the one year warranty gets expired, theres no way I could ever extend the warranty (buy apple care) ?
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 03:53 AM   #8
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Yes

Yes YES YES.

one of my good friends, mbp's logic board refused to accept one of his ram modules, the modules tested fine, it was one of the slots that was done for.

just over a year old and he took it to apple, who promptly told him S* out of luck 400 please... This is the Leicester branch UK.

get the warranty.... or (for future ref) buy as a student, you get a 3 year domestic warranty for free.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 05:35 AM   #9
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Only if you have an apple store near you which is not incompetent... Or a good authorized repair shop.

I have had a terrible experience over the summer with an iMac, and will never buy AppleCare again.
long story short, took an iMac in for repair (had purchased additional apple care), they damage it. Couldn't fix it, after a fee lies from managers and geniuses they refused to fix it after complaining and kicked me out of the store. after many calls and emails to apple head quarters I got the computer replaced over a month later.

So I can not recommend AppleCare to anyone ever again.
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Only if you have an apple store near you which is not incompetent... Or a good authorized repair shop.

I have had a terrible experience over the summer with an iMac, and will never buy AppleCare again.
long story short, took an iMac in for repair (had purchased additional apple care), they damage it. Couldn't fix it, after a fee lies from managers and geniuses they refused to fix it after complaining and kicked me out of the store. after many calls and emails to apple head quarters I got the computer replaced over a month later.

So I can not recommend AppleCare to anyone ever again.
Opposite experience for me.

I took in a 2009 CTO 24" iMac for a loose monitor hinge. I was told the monitor hinge itself wasn't covered under warranty. Explanation being that it isn't an item that can fail. However, the labor to replace it would be covered.

$34.95 wasn't a bad price to me -- even if I thought it should be covered. But, I asked for the manager and he decided to cover it. So awesome. So +1 internets to AppleCare.

Took 2 days for the part to arrive. They called back and I expected them to say it was ready to pick up, but stated they damaged a mainboard connector in the process of disassembly. I asked, what does that mean for me?

This was July 2012. They said, come on in and they'd replace it with a new 27" on the spot (the current, at the time, 2011 model).

The CTO 24" iMac that I bought in 2009, cost me $1,499. They gave me $1,700 for it -- cost of the base model 27" iMac -- and let me purchase the $1,999 upgraded model. So, +1,700 internets to AppleCare.

Where else could I get $1,700 for a (nearly) 3 year old Mac?

I suppose my case could have been different had I taken the repair work to a different Apple store. However, in my case, I highly recommend AppleCare -- at least for their PC/Laptops.

(i've not purchased it for my iPhone, iPad, or AppleTV. They've been entirely reliable.)

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Thank you for all answers. Does that means if the one year warranty gets expired, theres no way I could ever extend the warranty (buy apple care) ?
Apple could make an exemption to allow you to purchase after 1 year - but it is not required from them.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 02:49 PM   #12
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I too am looking to see if I should buy Applecare for my Macbook Pro. I have never purchased a computer warranty, and have never even considered it until recently as I just because a Mac user about 1 year ago. Have a Mac Mini Mid 2011 and a Macbook Pro Mid 2012.

Reading these boards most say to get it, but from what I hear Macs are of the best quality. I was a PC tech in the past and have replaced most laptop parts myself. Motherboards, LCD screens, hard drives, keyboards, palm rests, etc. Also I usually research issues, post on forums, or just figure out issues myself.

Also I plan on adding more ram and maybe an SSD. Would this void Applecare?

I guess I should say, if macs are so reliable why do so many people say to get applecare?

Thanks for the help.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 03:48 PM   #13
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I too am looking to see if I should buy Applecare for my Macbook Pro. I have never purchased a computer warranty, and have never even considered it until recently as I just because a Mac user about 1 year ago. Have a Mac Mini Mid 2011 and a Macbook Pro Mid 2012.

Reading these boards most say to get it, but from what I hear Macs are of the best quality. I was a PC tech in the past and have replaced most laptop parts myself. Motherboards, LCD screens, hard drives, keyboards, palm rests, etc. Also I usually research issues, post on forums, or just figure out issues myself.

Also I plan on adding more ram and maybe an SSD. Would this void Applecare?

I guess I should say, if macs are so reliable why do so many people say to get applecare?

Thanks for the help.
I've had 11 Macs begining with the 128k and have never had Apple Care and no problem. For some people it may be worth it for the phone support alone, but I've rolled the dice. There were a few times when I would have liked the phone support, but if you're fairly close to an Apple store you can get most things resolved for free there. As far as hardware goes, only one problem and that was outside the 3 years anyway.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:33 PM   #14
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My macbook pro has a one year warranty which is about to expire. Should I buy the AppleCare plan before it expires? Can I still buy AppleCare even after my one year warranty period expires?

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A laptop by definition travels and is subject to rougher treatment than a workstation, so if you want a little extra peace of mind, get the warranty before the year's out.
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