Apple Care? Definitely worth it.. or not.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JJHello, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. JJHello macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    Did you get Apple Care? I ended up just getting it because of the student discount, I'm not sure if I'm regretting it or not yet though. Have you had any experience dealing with Apple Care?
  2. ovrlrd macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    You have up to a year from the date of purchase to buy AppleCare. I don't sweat this kind of stuff until i'm a few months away from the 1 year point. Then I either buy it off Amazon for a few bucks cheaper, or I buy something like SquareTrade with accident protection.
  3. mstern8 macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2011
    Apple is really good with their warranties
    If it were bestbuy.. I would say no..
    My 1st gen MBA is in its last few months of warranty and the screen hinges cracked. I'm going to get it repaired when my new MBA comes and give this computer to my mom.
  4. BrownManUPS macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2007
    I buy APC on all my products. I usually end up replacing the hard drive or battery or something at least once, so it is worth it. Also covers any failures with the power cord or peripherals you may have ordered.
  5. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    If I keep a Mac for more than a year, I most likely will buy it, but I would never buy it at the same time as the Mac. Might as well save for now and buy it right before the 1 year ends. That way, it doesn't seem like so much money spent.
  6. mstern8 macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2011
    Haha when I got my dog, she chewed up my power cord.
    Apple sent me a brand new one in 3 days , no questions asked.
  7. JJHello thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    How does SquareTrade stack up with Apple Care?
    Wow, I did not know I could just wait a year before getting Apple Care. Is it possible to still return it now?
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Square Trade offers an optional accidental damage coverage for an extra $150. They are always running coupon promotions so the base warranty is $170 plus the $150 for accident coverage. I haven't had a claim from them, but it would be a little more of a hassle since you'd need to pay for repairs upfront and them submit claims.

    Note that your credit card company might double your warranty, as well, so if you only intend to keep it 2 years, that might be an option. Check your agreement or call your card company.
  9. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    Peoples opinions of Apple Care are different and change from time to time. No need to point out what historical perspective there is on people buying apple care. If you don't like the question, then don't click on it!!!!! Move on!
  10. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I have started using Amex as they double the warranty for up to one year plus give you 90 days of theft and damage protection.
  11. And1ss macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    For me, my general rule of thumb for Applecare is if the cost exceeds 15% of the computer's cost, I tend not to buy it. So, I usually don't buy APP for airs, 13in macbookpros, etc..only 15-17in mbps.
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    It might be worth it for the "Ultimate" models. At $249, it's 15% of the cost of the Ultimate 11.

    Apple sells these because they make money on them. That said, if you truly intend to keep a notebook for the full 3 years, chances are better that you'll at least get back some of your money over time. Remember, it is really only a benefit if something goes wrong in years 2 and 3. Usually if electronics fail, they fail in year 1.
  13. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    I'm glad that I did not by AppleCare for my MBP
  14. sukion macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    I'm going to buy apple care when I pick up my air. Reason being is that it's the 11'' model and I'm going to use it mainly for school. Chances are, something might happen to it when I go to pack up my bags and just throw it in there with my books and such. It's just peace of mind knowing that I won't have to worry too much about damages especially when I'm still in school for another 2-3 years -_-.
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    AppleCare doesn't cover accidents. A SquareTrade warranty would, but at $320, it is also pricey. It might be worth it for something like the Air (as my little wine accident involving my 2010 Air would have cost me $755 had Apple not given me a one-time exception), but if you are getting the $999 model then you are probably better off just being careful with it. :)
  16. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Shoot, the MBA has an SSD drive, so that's a big reason for failure gone right there.

    Figure that after six months or so, we'll be able to figure out if these new cpu's will do all right or fry.

    Normally, I would say hell yes to applecare, but the air's may be pretty darned near bullet proof.
  17. rohan25 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2004
    Applecare an Absolute MUST

    Absolutely worth it. I had Applecare on my 24" 2008 iMac. I had Superdrive issues in year 2 and Screen patches showed up in year 3. Both replaced for free by Apple. Screen patches showed up again with 60 days left in my warranty. Apple replaced the machine with a 27" iMac absolutely free. Which other hardware manufacturer would give you that kind of service.

    Now I have a brand spanking new 27" iMac eligible for another 3 years of warranty.

    Also you can get it on eBay for way less than from Apple. Macbook Air/Pro warranties on eBay for around $175
  18. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    I'm interested in this. Does AMEX actually double the first year of AppleCare or is it some other type of "comparable" warranty coverage?
  19. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    I just checked with my homeowner's insurance company (Germania). I can add a rider to the policy that will cover theft and damage to any computers I have. The cost is $7 per $1000 (per year) with a $100 deductible. "Damage" includes stupidity, like the dog eating it or dropping it in a bathtub full of water.

    That's a hell of a lot cheaper than the accidental damage policy you can get from Best Buy or Squaretrade, although you do have to consider the deductible. However, the deductible obviously only comes into play if you have to make a claim. Your actual outlay is $7 per year per $1000.

    My guess is that most similar homeowners/renters insurance policies should cost about the same as mine.
  20. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    AppleCare Is A Must For Portable Macs

    The best price for AppleCare if you don't qualify for the educational discount can be found at the L.A. Computer Company. I think that they essentially charge the educational discount price...

    Stay away from eBay AppleCare sellers. They are almost always scams, particularly sellers that e-mail the serial number to you.
  21. fatbarstewar macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2009
    I've always got mine off reputable eBay traders for a third of the price. Had an optical drive, track pad and two logic boards outside of the first year replaced (on different macs).

    In the case of the Air, assuming you're keeping it over a year, its essential IMO as its almost completely nonuser serviceable.

    In the UK, you can buy it off the shelf at CeX for about £100.
  22. coochiekuta macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2010
    here and there
    When you think about it, AppleCare doesn't offer jack. What people really want and need is accident coverage. A lot of shops offer this, I know amazon does, which covers spills and falls. I am NEAR certain AppleCare won't give you that.
  23. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    My concern with adding a rider to my homeowner's insurance is that if I make a claim, that will be a factor in my future insurance rates and if they use a laptop claim as an excuse to jack up my overall policy rates, even for just a few years, it could easily outweigh the benefits of the laptop claim.
  24. sjinsjca macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2008
    AppleCare is fantastic. I highly recommend it for portable computers. For desktop units, it's less compelling. For iDevices, ditto. But for the various flavors of MacBooks, it's an excellent deal. There are just so many subsystems that can and do fail within three years: hard disks, displays, backlights, keyboards, even the power supply. With AppleCare, you're covered.

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