Apple care?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by baxingo, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    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?
  2. macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    1 year standard warranty
    Apple Care extends it to 3 years

    Roll the dice

    I buy it for my Mac
  3. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Yes, definitely buy Apple care. It has saved me before. I'm sure many others will say the same as well.
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  5. hfg
    macrumors 68030


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    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.

  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    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.
  7. macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2011
    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(?).
  8. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
    Yeah, I’m going to wait until about the first year is up on the standard warranty before I drop $249 for the extended Apple Care.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    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...
  10. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    You make a good point, in the last four years, I've gone through four laptops and three desktops
  11. macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2010
    Traverse City, Michigan
    Discounted at B&H

    Get it from B&H photo for $180.

  12. macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    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.
  13. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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.
  14. macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2010
    Go for it when you buy it. Better safe than sorry ;)
  15. snouter, Jan 13, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2011

    macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    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.
  16. macrumors member

    May 22, 2007
    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.
  17. macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    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.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2010
    I always buy Apple Care with my new Macs. The service is excellent & valuable.
  19. macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    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.
  20. macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2009
    Detroit, MI
    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.
  21. Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    1st Gen MBA going in tomorrow for a failing HD. Yes, it is worth it!
  22. macrumors member

    May 22, 2007
    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.

  23. macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
    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.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2011
    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 ?
  25. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Apple Warranty: Installing Memory, Expansion Cards, User Installable Parts Does Not Void Warranty
    From the MacBook Air User's Guide (Late 2010):

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