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Joshlll

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Jun 11, 2012
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Hi all,

So would anybody be able to direct me to a link as to where I could read over the 1 year limited warranty for current macbooks please. I would like to read what it covers, simply because I'm looking to get the most out of my machine.

I am buying Apple because I have a respect for there quality, but even I am a bit worried about the R-MBP. So to make the most out of my computer I wanted to hear any suggestions on Apple Care also. I was going to buy my new Mac wait till like 2 weeks or so till 1 year mark rolls around, and then purchase Apple Care for it to get 3+ more years coverage.
Is there any fault or reason to buy Apple Care when you purchase rather then close to the one year mark.

P.s. Apple quality ipod wise for me has been utterly stunning, it's only until I read/seen the R-MBP board/tear down I got concerned some. As by my own hands I've kept my 10 year old + laptop going strong 9 lives in all to this day.
But every MBA/MBP I config as I like runs specs/cost that might as well be a R-MBP so I just wana get the most of it.

Thank You.:apple:
 

blevins321

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Dec 24, 2010
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HERE is a link to the complete terms. (General summary HERE)

I think especially for the RMBP, it's worth it. Just a tad over 15% of the value if you're paying full price. HERE is a site that offers the RMBP too, and they give you 50% off AppleCare if you purchase the computer and the AppleCare at the same time. Plus you get a free copy of Parallels or Bento. (Click on the link that says "Click here to select your choice of free software") Very reputable company..bought computers and cameras from them no problem. No tax for most states, too :)
 
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Macky-Mac

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May 18, 2004
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... I was going to buy my new Mac wait till like 2 weeks or so till 1 year mark rolls around, and then purchase Apple Care for it to get 3+ more years coverage..

you only get 2 additional years for a total of 3. details

Your free phone support ends after 90 days but starts again when you buy applecare, so you don't have that if you wait to buy until near the end of the the first year (but if you really need it during that time, you can just buy applecare and it becomes active right away)
 
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danetello

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Dec 23, 2010
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HERE is a link to the complete terms. (General summary HERE)

I think especially for the RMBP, it's worth it. Just a tad over 15% of the value if you're paying full price. HERE is a site that offers the RMBP too, and they give you 50% off AppleCare if you purchase the computer and the AppleCare at the same time. Plus you get a free copy of Parallels or Bento. (Click on the link that says "Click here to select your choice of free software") Very reputable company..bought computers and cameras from them no problem. No tax for most states, too :)
Thanks :)
 
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GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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If you buy it later, you'll still be paying for the coverage from the date you bought the COMPUTER, but it won't be covered until you actually buy and activate the Applecare….effectively paying for time it wasn't actually covered.
That's not true. Regardless of when you buy AppleCare, it starts when your original warranty expires.

AppleCare
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.
  • For more detailed questions, read the AppleCare Protection Plan (pdf) agreement.

As to whether AppleCare is worth it or not, that's a matter of opinion. You'll find lots of opinions on both sides, with roughly 75% saying it's worth it. You really need to decide if it's worth it to you. If you want more information, you can search the forum, where you'll find dozens, if not hundreds of threads asking "is AppleCare worth it?" The overall consensus seems to be about 75% in favor of it.
 
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GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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You've taken it out of context.
No, I haven't. You said:
If you buy it later, you'll still be paying for the coverage from the date you bought the COMPUTER, but it won't be covered until you actually buy and activate the Applecare….effectively paying for time it wasn't actually covered. If you know you are buying it anyway, buy it with the computer.
That is simply not true. There was no discussion about buying or activating AppleCare after the warranty had expired. The point is, you do not have to buy AppleCare with the computer purchase, as you recommended. AppleCare can be purchased anytime during the first year's warranty coverage. The AppleCare coverage begins when the warranty expires, whether you bought it with your computer or if you bought it the day before the warranty expires.
 
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gnasher729

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Nov 25, 2005
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No, I haven't. You said:

That is simply not true. There was no discussion about buying or activating AppleCare after the warranty had expired. The point is, you do not have to buy AppleCare with the computer purchase, as you recommended. AppleCare can be purchased anytime during the first year's warranty coverage. The AppleCare coverage begins when the warranty expires, whether you bought it with your computer or if you bought it the day before the warranty expires.

There are actually very good reasons to buy AppleCare later. It covers the risk that your computer breaks, but when you buy the computer, you don't know what the risk is. If you use your Mac for 10 months, then you will know whether your particular Mac is in a good shape or not; if it is like brand new then you are less likely to need AppleCare, if it has been repaired three times already under warranty then you definitely want to buy AppleCare. And nobody knows yet how long MBPRs will last, so nobody knows (yet) whether AppleCare for MBPRs is worth the money.
 
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derrranged

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Jun 20, 2012
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That's not true. Regardless of when you buy AppleCare, it starts when your original warranty expires.

AppleCare
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.
  • For more detailed questions, read the AppleCare Protection Plan (pdf) agreement.

As to whether AppleCare is worth it or not, that's a matter of opinion. You'll find lots of opinions on both sides, with roughly 75% saying it's worth it. You really need to decide if it's worth it to you. If you want more information, you can search the forum, where you'll find dozens, if not hundreds of threads asking "is AppleCare worth it?" The overall consensus seems to be about 75% in favor of it.


2. When Coverage Begins and Ends.
Coverage begins when you purchase the Plan and ends on the date specified in your Plan Confirmation (“Coverage Period”).
To obtain your Plan Confirmation, register your Covered Equipment and your Plan’s registration number (“Plan Agreement Number”) with Apple. If auto-registration is available, your original sales receipt will be your Plan Confirmation. The terms of this Plan, the original sales receipt for your Plan and the Plan Confirmation are each part of your service contract. The price of the Plan is contained in the original sales receipt. The hardware service and technical support coverage provided by the Plan is additional to the coverage provided by the manufacturer’s hardware warranty and complimentary technical support.
 
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paulrbeers

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2. When Coverage Begins and Ends.
Coverage begins when you purchase the Plan and ends on the date specified in your Plan Confirmation (“Coverage Period”).
To obtain your Plan Confirmation, register your Covered Equipment and your Plan’s registration number (“Plan Agreement Number”) with Apple. If auto-registration is available, your original sales receipt will be your Plan Confirmation. The terms of this Plan, the original sales receipt for your Plan and the Plan Confirmation are each part of your service contract. The price of the Plan is contained in the original sales receipt. The hardware service and technical support coverage provided by the Plan is additional to the coverage provided by the manufacturer’s hardware warranty and complimentary technical support.

For the most part, Applecare is an extension to the original factory warranty that you have to purchase within the original factory warranty period (i.e. you can't purchase it at 13 months since the factory warranty ran out at 12). The only part that is a "bonus" with Applecare that kicks in prior to the original 1 year warranty is the additional free phone service that ends at 90 days if you do not have Applecare. So technically yes, Applecare will extend A benefit prior to one year which is why the above paragraph is true, but in the end the real benefit that people buy Applecare for is to extend the warranty which really doesn't matter as long as you purchase within 1 year.
 
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Bob Coxner

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Mar 24, 2011
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Best place/price I know to purchase AC in the US, includes free shipping and no tax if outside of NYC - B&H Photo. Only $244 for the 15 and 17" and $190 for 13" and MA

LA Computer Company. $180 for 13" and MBA. $250 for the 15" and 17". http://www.lacomputercompany.com/cg...arch&search=applecare&submit.x=16&submit.y=14 Sales tax in CA only. Authorized reseller.

Or, go with the Education Store at Apple itself. $183 for 13" and MBA. $239 for 15" and 17". Sales tax where required. Authorized seller. :)
 
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