Apple care in general

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by craigo14, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. craigo14 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2014
    Hi all,

    Just a quick question about apple care. Is it worth it regarding the accidental damage? Is it no questions asked for a repair/replace or is it a pain?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. applegeek97 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    IMO yes
  3. simsdaniel macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2012
    Sacramento, California
    Definitely, only $69 to fully protect a watch that can cost an upwards of $1,000 is a pretty good insurance deal.
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Unless it's smashed to pieces your covered and they do ask basic questions but they are basic
  5. cbird007 macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2010
    I've never purchased Apple Care until the Apple Watch. I'm just being extra cautious since this is a new endeavor for Apple. I'm also concerned that I may do something to it as well. Better safe than sorry.
  6. 16Paws macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2014
    I buy it for everything... but I am the guy that likes the piece of mind that comes with accidental damage.

    Also, and I am not sure this is a universal truth, but when I have Apple Care associates at Apple Stores are typically more willing to just take care of an issue and replace a device on the spot. More so at least than when I take in a company work owned machine w/o Apple Care.
  7. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    i buy it for all my devices. I like the piece of mind. It saved me when my graphics card decided to die on my nMP... Just that repair alone saved me.
  8. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Smashed to pieces is covered. You just have to bring the pieces in.
  9. iFanaddic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2008
    Montréal, Canada
    I read on another forum that AppleCare+ only cover the original band that your watch came with, which makes sense but is still disappointing considering I had no way of purchasing a silver sports watch with milanese loop. Many people will be in my situation I believe.
  10. iregret macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2012
    To me it's worth it.

    I plan on replacing my watch, under AppleCare, with a new one when they announce the next version. Then I'll use the money to buy the upgraded one. ( Unless it's not worth upgrading.) and I'll be selling basically a brand new watch.
  11. viachicago22 macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2013
    I'm not following what you're saying. How will you replace your watch under apple care? It has to be broken to replace it right? And what money do you mean. I could just be really tired but I'm not following.
  12. darrenpop macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2015
    I only started taking apple care since I got my iPhone 6 +. My reasoning was that I have never cracked a screen, never water damnged my phone etc.

    THEN, about 1 month ago. I was check messages while brushing my teeth, lost grip of the phone and it went right down the toilet. Lol.

    Kind of thanking my lucky stars, a new phone was only £50 and I walked out of the Apple Store that day with it all set up.

    It's now invaluable to me. I will always take apple care, just because I doubt I will let the same mistake happen again (I no longer read email while brushing my teeth) but it's 100% worth it just in case.


    Yeah. That's not how Apple care works. Even if you 'accidentally' damnged you watch after the Apple Watch 2 is announced, they will replace your watch with the Apple watch 1.


    You get a one year warranty with any additional bands you buy anyway.
  13. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    I already preordered is it too late to add apple care ?
  14. Wallabe, Apr 18, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2015

    Wallabe macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    I think he plans to intentionally crack his Apple Watch "accidentally", replace it near the end of the AppleCare, then eBay/Craigslist it to cover his Apple Watch 2.0 purchase. He will be selling "basically a brand new watch" of the Apple Watch gen 1, to pay for generation 2.
  15. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I get what he's saying, and its a good idea.

    Buy a product which you intend to keep for 1 year.
    Take out Apple care.
    Use the product for the year, general wear and tear, no need to worry about it being knocked around a bit.
    At the end of the year, just as the new model is being shown off, you take your watch, thrown it on the ground, stamp on it a bit, really trash it.
    Go back to the Apple store. Use the warranty to get a totally as brand new perfect replacement, with new battery, and sell this as brand new version onto someone else.

    That way you don't have to worry about how you treat your watch over the year, AND you get the very very best price for a perfect one for resale.

    You are doing as Apple do. Using totally legal methods to benefit yourself in the best possible way.
  16. darrenpop macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2015
    No. You can get it up to 90 days after you receive your watch.
  17. Honey Badger macrumors 6502a

    Honey Badger

    Jul 14, 2011
    I think what he is saying is he'll replace his beat up Apple Watch 1 using Apple Care with a new refurbished one just before Apple Watch 2 comes out and then sell the new refurbished one on Ebay or something to get top dollar because it is new and then use the money to buy Apple Watch 2.

    Great idea actually.
  18. darrenpop macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2015
    As soon as the Apple watch 2 is announced, you will get less on eBay for an apple watch 1. You would have have to sell it before WWDC next year, and HOPE that the launch date is near after (not 6 months like with this one) and also that you will get an apple watch 2 on the first batch.

    In all honesty, why would you do this? The reason I am buying an apple watch is to use it for the benefits it will bring. Why would I get used to that over the next 8 months, only to revert back to only an iPhone for months until I could get an AW2?

    It is likely the watch straps will be interchangeable across versions, so apple might just start selling the time piece separate. I will just get this if it offers a ton more than the AW1.
  19. craigo14 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2014
    Thanks for the replys. I may start taking out apple care. I have been lucky so far and not needed any repairs or replacements with my apple products.
  20. parallax33 macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2012
    Chandler's Ford, UK
    As well as being fully covered for accidents, I think this actually gives a better experience when bringing back with any kind of fault.

    In my experience, with apple care plus there are a lot less questions when asking for an exchange.
  21. Honey Badger macrumors 6502a

    Honey Badger

    Jul 14, 2011
    Um, it really doesnt matter when you sell the watch or what is happening with supply and demand or when the Apple Watch 2 will be announced, the point is that you can get more money for a new refurbished watch than you can for a beat up used watch.....not rocket science really.
  22. IamDave macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2015
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Personally I've never bought AppleCare but having current issues with my 2 year old iMac and wish I'd taken it out for that.
    Not sure if I'll take it out for my iPhone or watch but considering it for the MBA just the £200 that's got me on the fence!
  23. darrenpop macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2015
    Not rocket science, no. But also not very smart.

    So you will get a couple hundred quid for your AW1 (if you're lucky), and have to go without until you are able to get an AW2 which you will still have to pay upwards of £400 for?

    I would rather have an AW1 all the way up until I choose to upgrade, allowing myself to keep using the added benefits using one brings, instead of selling it, and not having one anymore just for a mesley couple of hundred quid.

    It's the same argument I would have with someone who was buying the AW1 just now just to sell on eBay as soon as they receive it! What's the point?
  24. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    I will decide when I have my watch, since your allow up to 14 days (could be more) to insure your product with apple care after receiving the item. (NOT SHIPPED DATE)
  25. Honey Badger macrumors 6502a

    Honey Badger

    Jul 14, 2011
    Another good reason to get Apple Care for the watch according to the Apple store rep I spoke with: You can have peace of mind when you keep the watch on while taking a shower. That is, you can test the limits of its water resistance without worry.


    Um, why not buy the AW2, then turn in your AW1 for a new one under apple care and then sell it? lol

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