apple care worth it on MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tim1000, Jun 1, 2018.

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applecare

Poll closed Jun 8, 2018.
  1. applecare

    83.8%
  2. no AppleCare

    16.2%
  1. tim1000 macrumors regular

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    how many think AppleCare is worth it for current MacBook Pro.
     
  2. silber macrumors newbie

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    Absolutely. Do not even consider buying a current generation MBP without it.
     
  3. jerryk macrumors 601

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    If you can handle a $600 repair bill for keyboard failure 13 months after buying go without AppleCare.
     
  4. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    13 months because all do that ? No . Either way buy apple care plus
     
  5. jksu macrumors regular

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    definitely for current mbp

    not needed for mba
     
  6. leman macrumors G3

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    From experience, there is approx a 10% chance that your laptop will fail within the first 24 months (conservative estimate). I'd say that some extra insurance makes total sense here. You can also get it cheaper from other shops I think.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Given the high likelihood of a keyboard failure, I'd say you're better off with AppleCare then without it.
     
  8. tim1000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    the cost for AppleCare is rather high.
     
  9. leman macrumors G3

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    From the little we know about keyboard failure rates, its unlikely to substantially increase the overall failure chance. After all, its still a very small fraction, even if the pattern is obvious. I wrote in more detail here: #4994

     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    It is, but its cheaper then getting the keyboard fixed in year 2 of ownership without AC
    --- Post Merged, Jun 1, 2018 ---
    Its substantial enough for Apple to write a KB article that has the owner holding their laptop in weird angles to try to clean it out, and substantial enough for two class action suits. I believe its a lot larger then many mac fans try to make it out to be. In fact I remember the same sort of arguments on the 2011 MBP where the GPUs were failing. Many times people were marginlzing the failures but we found out in the course of time that it was a bad problem. I beleive where there is smoke there is fire and plenty of people are incurring this to warrant caution.

    Here's images from that article and tbh, its very unapple like
    2018-06-01_15-06-36.png
     
  11. leman macrumors G3

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    Well, the problem obviously exists and the keyboard is certainly prone to dirt buildup. The cleaning instructions are quite useful in this scenario (of course the keyboard should not have had that problem to begin with). And class action suits... its a company that specialises in making money from suing Apple, of course they'd sui.

    I am basing my calculations not on some baseless assumptions, but on the only available data source we have, which is the numbers dug up by digitaltrends. In absence of any other statistics, thats the only info we can draw conclusions from. Personally, I tend to believe those statistics, since they match my experience with this machines (one keyboard-related repair in two years on 2016+ laptops out of over twenty we own).

    Anyway, my point is not to argue that this issue is not serious (it clearly exists and already that makes it serious). It is to make clear that additional warranty makes a lot of sense regardless of increased laptop failure. After all, if 10% failure chance doesn't convince you to get Apple Care, why should 12% or even 15% chance?
     
  12. tim1000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    what is the calculation if you don't keep the MacBook for a long time/full 3 years?
     
  13. leman macrumors G3

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    Then you sell it and get a better price since it still comes with warranty ;)
     
  14. tim1000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would hate to invest the money if apple re-designs the machine this year. I don't like dated hardware.
     
  15. jksu macrumors regular

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    you'll get some (probably not all) of it back on resale value as prospective buyers, like with cars, will appreciate the warranty


     
  16. applebro macrumors regular

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  17. salivan macrumors member

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    Can you buy appleCare on last day of normal warrant? e.g. 1year minus 1day after purchase day? Would that give you an extra year of coverage? or appleCare is applied to the day of purchase?

    Can you buy appleCare after damage has been done? :D
     
  18. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    Regular apple care you have a year to buy. Apple care plus is 30 days
     
  19. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    That's always the chance you take with technology, so the decision is yours to make. I'm using a "dated" 2013 rMBP that does everything I need it to do including video making with FCP X. And yes, I did get Apple Care for it, but was happy to do so .... it's a laptop and Murphy is everywhere.
     
  20. jerryk, Jun 1, 2018
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    Small nit. Pretty sure AppleCare+ purchase has to be made within 60 days of Mac purchase
     
  21. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    Don't even buy a new MacBook Pro.

    This thing is lemon.

    The keyboard would probably fail after a few months.
     
  22. SteveJUAE, Jun 1, 2018
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    SteveJUAE macrumors 68020

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    Do not buy AC+ see how your MBP pans out over the year and make a more informed choice to buy AC before the year warranty runs out

    This way you have spread the cost and may feel different about the risk and can decide to upgrade later if things change. Its quite possible the re-sale value could drop if this gets an official lemon sticker and if Apple do offer extended repairs before you buy AC then its a win win

    Sure says a lot about Apple premium build when most advocate getting AC :rolleyes:
     
  23. tim1000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    can AppleCare plus be purchased after 60 days? I thought apple care plus replaced AppleCare, can AppleCare still be purchased before the end of 1 year?
     
  24. maflynn Moderator

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    There's two extended warranties and its confusing.
    The older Applecare which only covers manufactorer defects and the newer applecare plus which includes accidental damage
    https://www.apple.com/support/products/

    The older one can be purcahsed up to one year from date of purchase, the newer one (accidental damage) 60 days
     
  25. tim1000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    there isn't much information about AppleCare on apples website just AppleCare plus. whats the difference?
     

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