Apple care yes or no?

lizard77

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Jan 29, 2010
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I am going to by a new MBP. Should I take the apple care or not? Does it often happen that a hardware problem occurs after 1 year with Apple products?
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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Yes,
the cost of a single repair will far outstrip the cost of applecare.

The only reason why I may not purchase applecare for a MBP, is that I plan on selling it after year 1 which is not generally the case for me.
 

SolRayz

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Jul 5, 2007
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I would highly recommend it. You have one year to decide whether to buy Applecare after you mac purchase...so no need to rush a decision.
 

gonzaload1987

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Mar 3, 2009
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Yes,
the cost of a single repair will far outstrip the cost of applecare.

The only reason why I may not purchase applecare for a MBP, is that I plan on selling it after year 1 which is not generally the case for me.
Does Applecare cover mbp's battery replacement or you have to pay for it?
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Does Applecare cover mbp's battery replacement or you have to pay for it?
Batteries are not covered by warranty or AppleCare, except in the case of manufacturing defects.

Apple Limited Warranty:
This warranty does not apply:
(f) to consumable parts, such as batteries, unless damage has occurred due to a defect in materials or workmanship;
AppleCare Protection Plan:
b. Limitations. The Plan does not cover:
(ix) Consumable parts, such as batteries, except in respect of battery coverage under APP for iPod or unless failure has occurred due to a defect in materials and workmanship;
 

Comma

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Feb 8, 2010
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I normally go. No apple care for 10 months. Then buy it at the end period regardless. It's just really useful to have. Even though I've never claimed on it, if something were to happen, I know I'd instantly be loving it.
 

amanset

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May 10, 2005
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Laptops are probably one of the few things it is sensible to buy extended warranties for.
 

mrscrouge

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Mar 15, 2010
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my experience with apple care wasnt so great. especially with a laptop, which you carry everywhere , and you are bound to get scratches and maybe a minor "dent" on it. The moment it has what they consider "physical damage" on it, it voids all warranties. Mine had a failed logic board, and a minor dent by the cd slot and it did not cover. 1200$ estimate between parts nd labor to fix, and 350$ wasted on apple care.. so if you are a real careful person, then maybe yeah. I didnt fix mine, im waiting on the new MBP to come out and i will not be getting apple care on it.

Edit: My previous laptop wasnt unibody, the new one's do look more sturdy. you'd need to research.
 

Alvi

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Oct 31, 2008
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Yes but if you're buying the computer from another place than apple check if they have their own insurances, here i bought my Mac with a 120$ 1+2 Years (as long as apple care) however apple care is 249$ you don't get phone support (at least i wouldn't pay extra 129$ for that) especially with forums like this, and it also covers damage from stuff like electricity overload and more and if my computer breaks down in 2 years, they'll replace it directly with the newest version they have with the same cost as mine costed the purchase day
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Yes but if you're buying the computer from another place than apple check if they have their own insurances,...
That's because AppleCare is not insurance. It's an extended warranty, which is quite different from insurance.
 

A.W.E.S.O.M.-0

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Jan 14, 2010
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That depends on where you live,

If you live in an Anglo-Saxxon country like the US then hell yeah take Applecare since consumer rights are definately not in your favour.

In other countries, like The Netherlands, you have a 3 year warranty on consumer electronics by law so Apple is mandated to give you the same service as they would under Applecare. Of course, like any big company, Apple will always try to be as difficult as possible but when you persist you'll get it done. No need to spend bucks on Applecare.

Another option would be to wait 8-10 months before purchasing Applecare, if you suspect that your MBP has hardware issues but this option is tricky. Personally I had the bad luck of buying a MBP with a lot of problems after a year but that was mostly due to the model I bought which is known for many problems. (By the way, all taken care of for free without Applecare after the one year warranty: Logic Board; Battery; Hard Disk and Screen replacements)
 

UTclassof89

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Jun 10, 2008
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The credit card you use to purchase it will probably double Apple's 1-year warranty. So Applecare is really only giving you a third year of protection (most hardware problems would manifest within those 2 years).

I never buy Applecare, and have never regretted it.
 

BlackZ

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Mar 29, 2009
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Yes for me

I had:
- 1 battery replacement in 2009
- 1 power cord replacement in 2009
- 1 battery replacement in 2010
- 1 logic board replacement in 2010

If you count all that money together it is worth it!
batteries got replaced twice since I only had a few cycles but it couldnt hold charge, it happened two times.
 

stuarthatto

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Nov 5, 2008
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I have had 2 battery replacements and a logic board replacement last year and a SuperDrive replacement this year... yes it was worth it.
 

Eddyisgreat

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Oct 24, 2007
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Yes.

The cost is steep but not if you work it to your advantage. This means also covering an Apple cinema display if you purchase it along with your mac. You also get coverage for any related :apple: gear, so if you buy an Airport Extreme or wireless keyboard, then a year later you get a new mac, your AE or keyboard is eligible for replacement so long as your Applecare is active. '

You're also eligible to play the "replace my machine" game where you can start asking for a new replacement machine after x amount of repairs, which will usually be better than your current one. The MBP is a sensitive peice of kit, and lots of stuff can go wrong, so repairs aren't the norm, but not uncommon.

Also only hold off buying it if you have A) Better usage for your money in the interim and B) Can remember to get it at the 11th hour, before we have another "will Apple let me buy Applecare even if i'm x months past the one year mark?" thread.
 

AV8TOR

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Mar 8, 2010
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I normally do not do extended warranties but in this case I did. I talked with several people who had something go wrong just after the normal warranty expired. Well worth it.
 

clb8888

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Jan 29, 2010
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Always yes.

On a 24" iMac I had two logic board replacements and a hard drive replacement. When it was scheduled for its third logic board I asked about a replacement and they upgraded me to a new 27" with 2X Ram 2X HD and a faster processor. They sent a guy to my house to do the repairs and I got all of that for free with Applecare. Out of five macs I have owned the 24" is the only one to ever have had a problem but it paid for all the other machines Apple Care twice over.
 

Gomff

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Sep 17, 2009
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Another yes here too.

On a Macbook Pro I've had a logic board replacement and a battery replacement.

On a Mac Pro I've had a superdrive replacement and a GPU replacement (Nvidia 8800 GTS)

Both sets of repairs easily make the cost worth it.
 

hippo206

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Apr 8, 2007
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No for me. For the price applecare would have cost on all my products, i could have purchased another MBP.
 

paintballswimgu

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Feb 13, 2010
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applecare is key. My SR MBP worked for 2 years with no problems in the last 3 months, i had 2 hd replaced, the graphics card. 2 logic boards, the optical drive, and 2 battery replacements. And now i have a replacement on order for my LEMON laptop. applecare is amazing. They have better service if you call in though. But thats just my experience