About to order 2 Apple Watches - AppleCare+ ??

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by rambler358, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. rambler358 macrumors member

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    About to order 2 Apple Watch SS models - a 38mm with white sport band for the wife, and a 42mm with the black sport band for myself. Is spending $138 on both watches for AppleCare+ worth it, or a wise investment? Or is Apple's standard one year warranty enough? Most electronic defects normally occur within a year, so I'm curious and reaching out here - thanks!
     
  2. ckiggins macrumors 6502

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    To me, I think the benefit of AC+ is the two occurrences of accidental damage that are covered. I didn't order it with my watch but I will be going to the store to purchase it when I receive the watch.
     
  3. jaycarroll macrumors regular

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    Yes, it is a wise investment.

    Apple's customer support is the outstanding, so if you are going to pay anyone for premium support, it might as well be Apple. Besides, on the off chance you smash one of them or otherwise damage them, this is your ticket back to happiness.
     
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    The accidental damage aspect is greatly overstated. It's tethered to your wrist so you're far less likely to drop it compared to the iPhone and water damage would be covered under the standard warranty as it's rated IPX7 for water resistance (unlike the iPhone).

    You can easily double the standard warranty using an Amex card or equivalent.
     
  5. cbird007 macrumors regular

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    I have never added Apple Care to an item until the Apple Watch. I definitely think it's worth it. Especially with the coverage up to 2 "incidents".
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Not even the iPhone? I really don't understand how you're more likely to damage something you can't drop and is IPX7 water resistant.
     
  7. rambler358 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks all, decided to order AC+ along with the watches. I did with my iPhones and iPads, so I might as well with these.

    While trying on the Apple Watch in store, I almost dropped one trying to get the band on my wrist! The Apple rep then made sure to assist me with the other watches I tried on. Lol
     
  8. cbird007 macrumors regular

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    I've had every iPhone since its inception without issue.(cases,screen protectors, etc). My new watch may be more susceptible to getting wet, dirty and banged up. Therefore, I'll have to be a little more aware of the Apple watch. All of my current watches have been through some of the aforementioned abuses but are designed to handle those things.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    But it's water resistant so water ingress due to a defect will be covered under the standard warranty and you won't be able to replace a banged up Watch under AC+ as it doesn't cover scratches, dents, etc. that do not otherwise affect its function (read the terms and conditions; they're considered normal wear and tear).
     
  10. yalag macrumors 65816

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    Does anyone know what's considered accidental coverage? Like if I scratched it?
     
  11. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Nope, per AC+ for Watch terms and conditions:

    "4. What is not Covered?
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    (v) The Plan does not apply to cosmetic damage to the Covered Equipment, including but not limited to scratches and dents that do not otherwise affect the functionality of the Covered Equipment."


    It'd have to be more serious like a shattered screen.
     
  12. yalag macrumors 65816

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    Ok so I don't get it, what do I get covered? If I cracked my screen?
     
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Yes. Also water damage if it's incurred outside the scope of the IPX7 rating (i.e., you go diving with it). But if there's water ingress due to a defect during, say, hand washing, the standard warranty will cover it.
     
  14. charlituna macrumors G3

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    If you were just washing your hands there will be no failure. There's likely to not even be ingress with how they are sealed. I was checking that very closely cause the BF and I are huge disney freaks. we go like every two weeks and we hit the water rides a lot. don't want a grizzly run killing our watches.

    as for scratches, if you insisted, the BF says they would let you burn an incident. it's your money after all. He tries to talk a lot of folks out of so they can save it for a bigger issue. But the managers always say do it if they insist.
     
  15. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    So in other words, you'd have to commit fraud because some shady Genius suggests it rather than follow your conscience. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of a true sheep.

    And people wonder why the cost of AC+ deductibles and OOW replacements got jacked up.
     
  16. boshii macrumors 68040

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    If it's scratched and you want a replacement, just smash it.
     
  17. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    So you're suggesting that people commit fraud?

    Not cool.
     
  18. boshii macrumors 68040

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    Everybody who purchases AppleCare plus is allowed two replacements.

    Who cares how they came to use their replacement? You're allowed two. Use them as you choose.

    You think Apple will lower the price of AppleCare if nobody uses their replacements?
     
  19. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    They may not have jacked up the cost of iPhone AC+ deductible to $79 from $59 and OOW replacement cost to $299 from $199 if it wasn't for people like you who commit fraud and think nothing of it. If you think we don't all pay more in premiums in vehicle and home insurance due to fraud, you are sorely mistaken.
     
  20. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    My watch is coming on Friday , I want to get apple care
    How do I go about doing that ?
    Do I have to call or chat with apple , will this affect my delivery date
     
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    That's true, but it's probably more likely to accidentally bang a watch against a doorknob. I'm still torn whether to get the AppleCare or not. I'm getting a Sport and figure it's more susceptible to damage than stainless steel.
     
  23. boshii macrumors 68040

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    I'm sure Apple increasing the price has more to do with the increased cost of components. The increase occurred with the introduction of the 5S.

    What statistics do you have that shows fraud is so rampant with AppleCare?
     
  24. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    If shattered screen is your concern, it's a bigger risk with the sapphire crystal. On the other hand, you're more likely to scratch the Sport screen than the sapphire crystal. In any case, scratches anywhere isn't covered under AC+ so it does you no good if you scratch up or dent the Watch as a result of banging it.

    Except the component cost of the iPhone didn't increase as much as the jump from the original OOW replacement cost of $179 to $299. Guess what else is a factor? Yes, that's right, fraud.

    You're asking for the impossible as we don't have access to those specific statistics. However, we do have proven statistics that show we all pay more in car and home insurance premiums thanks to fraud. You are sorely mistaken if you think Apple is somehow immune to that and doesn't pass the cost to us in the form of higher AC+ deductibles and OOW replacement costs (at least with the iPhone).
     
  25. slpslee1 macrumors member

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    The only time I didn't buy AppleCare was for an iPad 2. Naturally, that's the only one that I dropped and dinged the corner and cracked the screen. I put it in an Otterbox and limped along till the next model, but I've never cheaped out since then. I always get it on my phones. It seems like they always develop a problem before two years is up.
     

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