AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Hexley, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    I am about to get an iMac. I worry that it may break down once the 12 month warranty lapses. I have some question about this product that I hope you can answer.

    1) Can I buy it anytime within the 12 month warranty of my iMac?

    2) Does it matter that I buy the Protection Plan outside of the country?

    3) How do I tie the Protection Plan to my iMac?

    Many thanks!

    I see on eBay a number of great deals on this product.
  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Call AppleCare and give them your serial number.

    AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac or Apple Display

    • You can buy AppleCare any time during the first year warranty period, so you don't have to buy it at time of purchase.
    • You can check your remaining warranty and/or AppleCare coverage here
    • AppleCare will extend the 1 year warranty for an additional 2 years, for a total of 3 years coverage from the date of your Mac purchase.
      It also extends telephone support from 90 days, which is included with your original warranty, to a total of 3 years.
    • You cannot buy AppleCare again or renew it once it expires.
    • Neither the Apple Warranty nor AppleCare will cover damage from accidents, spills, etc. They only cover manufacturing defects.
    • AppleCare+ provides some coverage for accidental damage, but is only available for the iPad and iPhone, not for Apple computers.
    • Neither the Apple Warranty nor AppleCare will cover batteries that have worn out. They only cover defective batteries.
    • You can buy AppleCare from Apple or from other sources, such as Amazon, B&H Photo Video, L.A. Computer Company and others. Exercise caution when buying from sites such as eBay, as some AppleCare offers have been scams.
    • For more detailed questions, read the AppleCare Protection Plan (pdf) agreement.
  3. macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2011
    I have a dumb question: AppleCare Plan goes into effect after one year when the purchase was made, or when the iMac was shipped or received?
  4. macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2012
    How do you transfer AppleCare with a device? Seems like it will be automatically registered because I ordered with AppleCare, but it's a gift so I want the recipient to be able to go to the Apple Store and deal with them themselves.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2008
    Do not buy AppleCare on E-Bay. Only from authorized sellers like B&H or Amazon. B&H has Applecare for the iMac right now for $122:
  6. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2012
    If you live in the UK don't worry about this nonsense. You have the Sale of Goods Act. The iMac must be of satisfactory quality- that is what the 'reasonable' person would expect. I would expect a £1500 minimum computer to last 5 years.
    In the UK at least Apple is making a fortune out of selling needless insurance policies to people who are naive (sorry not being rude) about their statutory rights.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    Or, more easily, go to the website stated in the box, and type in your serial number there.
  8. macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2010
    Sutton, Surrey England
    Not quite true and can be a real hassle in proving the fault was inherrent when orginally purchased. Plus Applecare also covers phone support for the full 3 years, I have found this invaluable since owning an early 24imac, they will answer pretty much anything (if they can) and have in the past taken the time to help me resolve what ever it maybe, even if the issues connected to another piece of equipment such as a Windows PC, or router etc.. Not only that I have found apple to be very reasonable when dealing with faulty items, even out side the warranty period. I think the Applecare is worth it on some of their products.
  9. macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    St. Lucia, West Indies
    That is a rather blanket statement!!
    I purchased and received last week apple care for my 21.5" late 2011 iMac from an ebay seller for $100.00 and it registered no problems...

    Every purchase at ebay is a risk, life is full of risk so if you are not paranoid you can probably get a decent deal there. But I agree that I would not pay more than what you can get it for at bhphoto...
  10. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2008
    I've been around in circles with this argument several time now so I'm going to be brief. You buy on E-Bay you take risks of the Applecare not being honored by Apple. Even if the Applecare registers without a problem does not mean that Apple will fix your iMac when you bring it to the Apple store. Most likely the iMac will get fixed but there is the chance it won't. When you purchase Applecare from an authorized dealer, you are eliminating any risks. Period.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2012
    If you can afford to buy a Mac, then you really shouldn't be wasting money on insurance.
  12. macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    St. Lucia, West Indies
    Good point.
    For me Apple Care is something I hope never having to use as it will cost me at least $200.00 US to ship my mac back to the US (no way to get it serviced here in St. Lucia) and then pay a similar if slightly less amount to get it back. Depending on how old it is by the time I need it, it might be better to put that money towards a new mac. Any savings on what I paid for the Apple Care makes it more affordable for me to ship it off if it comes to it...
  13. macrumors demi-god

    Oct 14, 2005
    Virginia Beach
    It's based on the purchase date of the Mac, not the purhcase date of the AppleCare.

    I'm not sure if you've seen any of the threads on here from when eBay sellers cracked the code that Apple uses for AppleCare registration numbers.

    Anyhow, the fake codes those eBay sellers would register fine. No problems until a legit Apple Customer, having purchased an AppleCare box from a legitimate reseller that contained an activation number that had previously been registered by a customer on eBay, purchased from a seller that waas using cracked codes.

    In those cases, if you cannot provide AppleCare a physical copy of your box, plus a receipt specifically from an authorized reseller, they will void your AppleCare.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Huh? What does being able to afford to buy an iMac have to do with buying AppleCare? Care to explain your logic?
  15. macrumors regular

    May 26, 2011
    that doesn't make any sense. If you have the money, why not also pay for insurance? Or is that what you meant?
  16. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's based on the purchase date. Use this link to determine when your coverage expires.
    You don't have to do anything, as AppleCare is tied to and automatically follows the device, not the owner.
    AppleCare isn't insurance; it's an extended warranty. There's a significant difference. Whether it's a waste is a matter of opinion, as many have benefitted from having AppleCare.
  17. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2008
    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner. I have seen this happen which is why I stopped buying on E-Bay.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2012
    If you don't understand why an extended warranty IS insurance than I doubt I can help you understand my point.
  19. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Apple warranties cover manufacturing defects only. Insurance covers things like theft, damage from accidents, etc. They are completely different.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2012
    Because if you have the money, you can insure yourself. The only reason Apple offers you insurance is because in expectation, you lose money on it. That's how insurance works, you pay a premium to avoid risk.

    But with most people buying apple products, there is no real risk. You can afford to replace you computer if something bad happens to it. And over time you will save a lot of money by avoiding insurance premiums.

    On the other hand, health insurance is meant to avoid catastrophic risk. Most people cannot afford to pay $100K, out of pocket to pay for open heart surgery. You still lose money in expectation, but it's worth it to avoid catastrophic risk.
  21. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You're making a big assumption that someone who can afford to buy a Mac can also afford to buy a 2nd Mac to replace it, which isn't always true.
  22. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005
    Applecare is clearly a type of insurance. It is even regulated as insurance by many countries and states.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2012
    All you are saying is that different insurance policies cover different things.

    "In business and legal transactions, a warranty is an assurance by one party to the other party that specific facts or conditions are true or will happen"



    100% agree, there are some people, probably a minority though, who can't afford to replace a Mac, but still buy them. However, I think if you can't afford to replace a Mac, then you should consider cheaper computing solutions.
  24. GGJstudios, Dec 17, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012

    macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That's obviously only your opinion. A computer is a significant purchase for many, one that may have to last them 3-5 years. Being able to afford a replacement as a requirement for initial purchase is as difficult to many as being able to afford a replacement car. It's simply not realistic. While that may be your personal criteria, it obviously doesn't apply to everyone. Also, from a budgeting standpoint, it is preferable to many to have a smaller, predictable expense (AppleCare) rather than the possibility of a larger, unscheduled expense (replace a logic board).

    As to whether AppleCare is worth it or not, it's purely a matter of opinion. You'll find lots of opinions on both sides, with roughly 75% saying it's worth it. There are dozens, if not hundreds of threads asking "is AppleCare worth it?" The overall consensus seems to be about 75% in favor of it.
  25. macrumors regular

    May 26, 2011
    Not everyone who buys a mac also has the money to buy a new one if it breaks (or pay for repair = price of new mac). I had the money to spend on the iMac 27", but I won't have that money again for another 3 years at least, so I need to make sure that when anything happens with the machine Apple will take care of it.

    I do see your point though, don't get me wrong. I paid for Apple Care for both my iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (which I sold), and never needed it...

    All the Apple Care I bought would buy me at least a new ipad mini... And Apple obviously is making money with that system.

    On the other hand, I had to replace a 15" MBP Antiglare screen once under Apple Care which would have been about 500€... so go figure.

    I'd still say, if you have the money to buy Apple Care, do it. Especially for your macs which extends coverage to another 2 years (Not like the iOs devices which extend only another year)

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