27in imac (mid-2010) is apple care worth it?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by longtimegoon, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. longtimegoon macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2010
    I have heard a there there were alot of problems with the previous iteration. Is it worth the extra 169. Also, I plan on adding RAM to it on my own, will the invalidate the coverage?
  2. nobias macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Yes it is worth it.
    No, adding ram will not affect your warranty or applecare in any way.
  3. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Adding RAM will not invalidate it.

    As to the "is it worth it?" question, it's only worth it when you need it. Much like home insurance, it is a complete waste of money if your house is intact when the next premium comes due, but if your house burns down it is worth as much as what it would cost to build a new equivalent house.

    All such coverage is that way. It's worth nothing (peace of mind maybe?) unless it ultimately gets used. If you have to use it, it's worth whatever the cost of the repair/replacement would be if you didn't have it.

    No great answer here. Coverage like this is a gamble and a peace-of-mind purchase. The PowerMac G4 my new iMac replaced went 8 years without any kind of Apple Care covered issue. A hard drive I bought 7 months ago already conked out.
  4. Sam2 macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2010
    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    I think it worths every single penny!
  5. Iamthinking Suspended

    Jul 31, 2010
    An Apple tech I talked to recently said that the chances that the hardrive fails within 3 years (applecare coverage time) are pretty close to 100%- given what he is seeing for hardrives going in to the new iMacs (and, I'm sure, before I get flamed by the fanbois, *most* brands of pc's) these days.

    So at a minimum your Applecare will get you a new hardrive!
  6. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    Applecare is not worth a new HDD though.
    Those are essentially dirt cheap (compared to other parts).
  7. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California
    IMHO, if you plan to keep your iMac for more than a year, it is worth getting AppleCare. While hard drives are less expensive than the $169 cost of AC, other components such as the logic board and the screen are much more expensive. The nice thing, too, is that any attached Apple Base Station, Express Base Station and (I believe) Time capsule is covered under the iMac AC. I was able to get my 2 year old Apple Express Base Station replaced using my iMac's AC.

    There are reputable eBay vendors for discounted AC coverage that you might look into. That's where I got my iMac and MBAir AC kits...
  8. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    I've been a believer in Applecare ever since my G5 2.5 had a coolant leak.

    When that happened I got a call from them and they basically indicated that the only things that didn't get replaced inside the machine was (1) the outer case (2) the superdrive and (3) the memory.

    So: new motherboard, new processors, new cooling system (the second iteration of the design that didn't have the problem), new power supply.

    Basically it would have been a $3000+ repair, more than the cost of the computer when it was new.

    At the time the computer was 1.7 years into the ownership period and if I had not had Applecare it would have been a complete showstopper.

    Now I'm four years past that point and that computer still works after the repair and if that had been the end it would just be a bad memory.

    Peace of mind is worth that kind of cost I guess.

    So the new i7 has 3 years of Applecare on it. If it blows up I'm covered for the most part.
  9. mlblacy macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2006
    the REAL Jersey Shore

    sorry to call "bull" on this silly post, but it is patently ridiculous. Really? This friend of yours, I mean an Apple tech (so, it MUST be true) told you that all mac hard drives will fail in 3 years time?! It has nothing to do with being a "fanboy", you are just spewing misinformation. Either you were speaking to a low grade idiot, or you just made this up...

    Nonetheless AppleCare is something I ALWAYS spec for configs, and I never buy "extended warranties". Apple's tech support is exceptional. Period. Furthermore, even if the product is out of coverage you can call Apple support and they will assist you (just not cover any hardware replacement or repairs). Which is why their support is rated number one over all other manufacturers...

    AppleCare is a bit cheaper on Amazon, and Ebay is even cheaper. Amazon is a no-brainer though...
  10. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2009
    Why do companies offer extended warranties....i.e. applecare (nice name btw) because they make money on it. Period, end of story.
  11. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Yes and no... it won't invalidate the coverage if nothing goes wrong as a result of you adding your own RAM, but it will if you manage to cause damage.

  12. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    isn’t there just a little cover that pops up on the bottom and theres the RAM?
    How in the world could you cause damage to the computer? lol
  13. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Not seating it properly and causing a short circuit? Damage isn't really confined to physical damage as a result of clumsiness.
  14. f1restarter macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2005
    never skimp on apple care. It has saved me from a lot of grief. :)
  15. kildraik macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    Colorado Rockies
    Always buy AppleCare.

    It can save you a ton of money for such a price. WAY worth it.
  16. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    I also agree, AppleCare is worth it. I will definitely buy before the warranty expires. That's the beauty of AppleCare.. you don't have to buy at the time of purchase.

    I figure this way if I decide to sell my iMac before the full 12 months is over, I don't waste my money on it, and if I want to keep it longer, I will just buy in the last month.

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