apple care question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tall Steve, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. Tall Steve macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2006
    I am a mac newbie, actually still a wanna be for a few more weeks.

    Normally when ever I buy anything I never go for the extended warranties because if you do the statistical annalysis is does not make sense, how ever I see so many people refer to the apple care on this board I wanted some of your input on why to get it.

    Plus with the education discount it is only 119.00 rather than 169.00 which makes is a better option.

    Thanks in advance
  2. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    Click the tab that says Forums, click Search, enter Applecare.;)
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    The search option will bring up a million threads.

    Essentially, the consensus here (majority opinion, not universal opinion) is that laptop owners should buy AppleCare - probably near the end of the first year (but not at the very end, as processing takes a day or three).

    Desktop owners who want peace of mind should buy it, but it's less generally recommended - far more people suggest getting it for laptops than desktops, but a lot of people get it for their desktops as well.

    I buy it for all of my laptops but about half of my desktops.
  4. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    If you get screwed once by not having the extended warranty, you'll buy it every time after that. $120 is worth it for the peace of mind. Go with it and rest (relatively) easy for the next three years.
  5. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004

    the few statistics that are available, at least those that I've seen, suggest that the chance of using or needing the extended warranty for Apple's computers is about the same as for other manufacturers
  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004

    after reading your reply I wondered if there have been any Macrumors polls or surveys about buying applecare. The one I found shows that the majority of people don't buy applecare (56% according to the poll).........but the poll is more than 3 years old now and I wonder if that has changed with the current line of products

    anyway, the poll from the past;
  7. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    It really depends on how long you expect to use your computer. For instance, I bought it on my iMac because I expect to use it for at least 4 years. My laptop, however, doesn't have it, since I bought the lowest config possible. When (if) my laptop dies, I plan on buying another one and using the money I saved from not buying AppleCare as a "rebate".
  8. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Applecare for $119 is a good deal. If you do not get it with the machine, make sure you can get this price later. Usually you get a lower price if you buy Applecare at the same time as the computer. If you think you you are going to get the extended support, buy it now. Besides the price break, you get the 3 years of phone support and, most importantly, your whole computer purchase is behind you. $119 does not seem like a lot when added into the price of the machine, it will seem like more later. Plus, you do not have to worry about forgetting (as many do).
  9. gman71882 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    A good rule of thumb for applecare would be if you are buying a 1st generation machine (Any Intel Mac) wether notebook OR Desktop your much better off getting AppleCare.
    The Machines that have been perfected through many revisions are much less likely to fail within 3 years.
  10. macman2790 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2006
    more specifically if you plan on buying a macbook or macbook pro with merom when it comes out. I plan on waiting a few weeks to assure myself that there aren't any major flaws. But even after that i would still buy apple care

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