Apple care for iMac?

timh

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Now that the iMac has had it’s update it’s finally time to upgrade from my old 24’’ to a brand new 27”. I think the base model with 512gb ssd will be fine to last me another long time. So the only question l really have is; Apple care, should l take that? Ive never had any issues with apple machines and im not moving it about so l’m leaning towards keeping the €220 to buy a ram upgrade when needed.

Edit : the law in my country extends warranty already to two years.

Any thoughts are welcome.
 
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dimme

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I think it's a good investment. Over the years I have only used it a few times but I was glad to have it.
 
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Kfamily

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Now that the iMac has had it’s update it’s finally time to upgrade from my old 24’’ to a brand new 27”. I think the base model with 512gb ssd will be fine to last me another long time. So the only question l really have is; Apple care, should l take that? Ive never had any issues with apple machines and im not moving it about so l’m leaning towards keeping the €220 to buy a ram upgrade when needed.

Edit : the law in my country extends warranty already to two years.

Any thoughts are welcome.
I’ve had it and had to use it on my 2011 iMac both in and just past the Apple care window. They replaced the GPU quickly even just after Apple care technically expired (although believe they were having issues with the GPU generally so seemed almost no like a recall type service) and at no cost to me and overall the service was outstanding. If you live near an Apple store for repairs I think it it absolutely worth it. I was surprised the price is the same as 2011 actually. It went up over the years for my iPhone I think.
 

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Now that the iMac has had it’s update it’s finally time to upgrade from my old 24’’ to a brand new 27”. I think the base model with 512gb ssd will be fine to last me another long time. So the only question l really have is; Apple care, should l take that? Ive never had any issues with apple machines and im not moving it about so l’m leaning towards keeping the €220 to buy a ram upgrade when needed.

Edit : the law in my country extends warranty already to two years.

Any thoughts are welcome.
It's like any insurance. In the long run Apple is making more money selling the warranty than they are paying. Probably a lot more. But, out of warranty repairs on Apple products is pretty dang expensive. So it's kind of a situation in which you'll probably be better off not buying it, but at the risk of potentially needing to pay quite a bit out of pocket to repair or replace if you happen to be unlucky. Aren't there laws in Europe that require a 2 year warranty? I'd be less inclined to buy it if that's the case. In the US we only have 1 year and limited tech support. So, for most things I never buy an extended warranty, but I do for Apple products.
 

jonatious

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I bought Apple care to extend my warranty from 1 to 3 and I used a Citi CC, which extends it to 5 years ;)
 

jsmitty

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I bought Apple care to extend my warranty from 1 to 3 and I used a Citi CC, which extends it to 5 years ;)
Are you sure Citi extends the AppleCare warranty period and not just the standard warranty? I’ve used extended warranties through my credit cards a few times - most people probably don’t realize they have the extra coverage.
 

jonatious

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Are you sure Citi extends the AppleCare warranty period and not just the standard warranty? I’ve used extended warranties through my credit cards a few times - most people probably don’t realize they have the extra coverage.
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I believe it extends 3 to 5 based on Example 4. Also their maximum coverage is 7 years
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iono11200

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I normally do not buy Applecare for any of my Apple gear except for my Apple Watch. Having said that i bought it for my first iMac in 2014 and I will be getting it for my new one as well. I've used it more often than I thought I would and its always been a good experience. In fact, what I never realized was that after the my Applecare expired Apple has always supported my machine. All I do is enter some info and my serial number and my phone is ringing. While I'd like to save the $169.00 its a sound investment for me. I'm not a computer genius and here and there I need to rely on them.
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I believe it extends 3 to 5 based on Example 4. Also their maximum coverage is 7 years
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I will be using my Citi Double Cash card. Might you know if this will extend my Applecare as well?
 
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Fishrrman

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Since you have the 2-year warranty extension already, I'd let the AppleCare go, and use the money for RAM instead.

But... that's just me.
 
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zaxven

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I will emphasize on getting apple care .. no matter what it does come handy at most of times. Not have to end up paying 500$ for little thing regretting why you haven't got in first place. I was on same boat in past, learned my lesson and after that always bought the care plan with apple products. btw you can buy within 365 days from purchase date.
 
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mikehalloran

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Since you have the 2-year warranty extension already, I'd let the AppleCare go, and use the money for RAM instead.

But... that's just me.
Here’s what no one has mentioned. Extended credit card warranties are nice but you can’t just bring it to the Apple Store or have them do an exchange. You are bound to whatever repair network the extended warranty has contracted with.

So, while you are covered, it’s not the same as AppleCare.

Now that phone support is free, it’s not the bargain that it once was. OTOH, it used to cost more than $169 for an iMac / $99 for a Mini. In addition, any accessories you buy at the same time are also covered.

I’m neutral on the subject though I tend to buy.
 
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