Apple Care +

max2

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How long do I have to get Apple Care + if I decide to for my iPhone 6s Plus sense buying it ?
 

EDH667

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Like most extended warranties, I do not believe AppleCare+ is worth the cost. Most credit cards add one year warranty and provide 90 days of theft or damage protection. Over the years I have never purchased AppleCare+ for any of my IOS devices (probably have purchased over 20) and have only had to replace two iPhone 6+ screens at $129 each. So I am way ahead of the game.

A recent discussion is located here: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/applecare.1955514/

Member dark_knight177 did an excellent cost comparison:

"AppleCare+ is totally NOT worth it. Tim Cook considers AppleCare+ a profit center, where they make 99% profit margin on each AppleCare+ sold.

Let me break it down to you:

If you don't have AppleCare+ :
  1. If you break the screen on iPhone 6S, Apple will charge you $129 to replace the screen
  2. If you get water damage or run your car over the iPhone 6S, it will cost you an out-of-warranty replacement cost of $299.
If you have AppleCare+ :
  1. If you break the screen, Apple will charge you $99 deductible + original cost of AppleCare which will end up costing you $228 (129+99)
  2. If you get water damage or run your car over the iPhone 6S, Apple will charge you $99 deductible + original cost of AppleCare which will end up costing you $228 (129+99)"
 

Truefan31

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I thought u did a thread earlier about AppleCare +? Anyway whether it's worth it is subjective. I get it for my iOS devices as peace of mind means something to me.
 
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Truefan31

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Like most extended warranties, I do not believe AppleCare+ is worth the cost. Most credit cards add one year warranty and provide 90 days of theft or damage protection. Over the years I have never purchased AppleCare+ for any of my IOS devices (probably have purchased over 20) and have only had to replace two iPhone 6+ screens at $129 each. So I am way ahead of the game.

A recent discussion is located here: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/applecare.1955514/

Member dark_knight177 did an excellent cost comparison:

"AppleCare+ is totally NOT worth it. Tim Cook considers AppleCare+ a profit center, where they make 99% profit margin on each AppleCare+ sold.

Let me break it down to you:

If you don't have AppleCare+ :
  1. If you break the screen on iPhone 6S, Apple will charge you $129 to replace the screen
  2. If you get water damage or run your car over the iPhone 6S, it will cost you an out-of-warranty replacement cost of $299.
If you have AppleCare+ :
  1. If you break the screen, Apple will charge you $99 deductible + original cost of AppleCare which will end up costing you $228 (129+99)
  2. If you get water damage or run your car over the iPhone 6S, Apple will charge you $99 deductible + original cost of AppleCare which will end up costing you $228 (129+99)"
I guess depending on how careful you are with your devices. So damaging your iPhone cost 299 out of warranty to replace yet with AppleCare plus it's 228. Thats cheaper isn't it? And AppleCare plus gives you TWO replacements. So if you needed 2 replacements oow would be 600 vs with Ac plus it'd be 327.

And again I'll point out Ac plus covers everything in the box. It gives free replacements of the 19 lightning cable, the 29 EarPods and the 10 charger. I've gotten multiple replacements of lightning cables and EarPods.
 

Qbnkelt

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I have it on everything. To me, it's worth it for the peace of mind. If someone other than Apple replaces the screen, you no longer have a warranty.
Exactly. Then people get errors and their phones are bricked and they whine and they blame Apple and they sue.
I get Apple Care Plus and I'm worry free.
 
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haudvereor

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I normally get AppleCare plus because it works for me. It covers everything in the box and I've had a few lightning cables and a couple EarPods replaced under the AppleCare plus.

So it is worth it for me. Peace of mind is well worth it. No it does not cover if it is stolen or lost, so keep that in mind. Yet I have not had that issue. Another great detail is if I sell my phone in a year then I can cancel my AppleCare plus and get the money back for the difference that's left on AppleCare plus by calling AppleCare. They just prorate it. So I'm not losing anything. Saving and not buying $19 cords or $29 EarPods if something happens to them is well worth it and great if you travel a lot.

Plus with AppleCare plus if something happens to my phone I have never had an issue with them just replacing the phone. No questions asked. No pondering about it.
 
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JohnApples

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Remember that AppleCare+, like most warranties, are supposed to be "not worth it". Otherwise Apple and other companies wouldn't be making profit from them. If you like the peace of mind, go for it. If you think it's too much, than don't.

I personally just slap a spigen slim armor case on each of my iPhone's (even though a lot of members here cringe at the word and think cases are the devil :rolleyes:) and I've never had a broken iPhone. To me, a $20 piece of plastic beats a $130 warranty (plus deductible). But if you don't like cases or worried you might be even tougher on your phone, then again, go for it!
 

eyoungren

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Like most extended warranties, I do not believe AppleCare+ is worth the cost. Most credit cards add one year warranty and provide 90 days of theft or damage protection. Over the years I have never purchased AppleCare+ for any of my IOS devices (probably have purchased over 20) and have only had to replace two iPhone 6+ screens at $129 each. So I am way ahead of the game.

A recent discussion is located here: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/applecare.1955514/

Member dark_knight177 did an excellent cost comparison:

"AppleCare+ is totally NOT worth it. Tim Cook considers AppleCare+ a profit center, where they make 99% profit margin on each AppleCare+ sold.

Let me break it down to you:

If you don't have AppleCare+ :
  1. If you break the screen on iPhone 6S, Apple will charge you $129 to replace the screen
  2. If you get water damage or run your car over the iPhone 6S, it will cost you an out-of-warranty replacement cost of $299.
If you have AppleCare+ :
  1. If you break the screen, Apple will charge you $99 deductible + original cost of AppleCare which will end up costing you $228 (129+99)
  2. If you get water damage or run your car over the iPhone 6S, Apple will charge you $99 deductible + original cost of AppleCare which will end up costing you $228 (129+99)"
I've seen this argument before and it always makes two assumptions.

1. The buyer has a credit card or access to a credit card and will use it to purchase the phone, either outright or as a downpayment.

2. The buyer has the ability to pay in full for a screen repair or replacement when it is necessary to do so.

Both assumptions do not account for the many buyers out there who do not have credit cards (maybe a debit card at most) and who cannot afford the total cost of a screen replacement/phone replacement.

For those people, (such as myself) it's best to purchase AC+ when buying a phone and then only pay $99 at a later date. I don't deny that it is more expensive, except in the case of a total replacement but $99 is often more doable on tight monthly incomes instead of $129 or $299.
 

Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
It's nice to have and I got it for all 3 of my lines when the iPhone 6 came out.
Knock on wood we haven't had to use it on any 3 phones so far and it's about to expire.
So in my situation the $300 wasn't worth it. On our next updates most likely we will skip it.
 

eyoungren

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It's nice to have and I got it for all 3 of my lines when the iPhone 6 came out.
Knock on wood we haven't had to use it on any 3 phones so far and it's about to expire.
So in my situation the $300 wasn't worth it. On our next updates most likely we will skip it.
I got it with my iPhone 5s (plural, not the S model).

It came in handy because from late 2012 to early 2015 my iPhone was replaced twice and my wife's iPhone once.

For the 6/6+ last year we couldn't afford it. So I was out of pocket $138 total when replacing my 6+ screen in September.

Still couldn't afford it when we got the 6s/6s+ and we don't have carrier insurance now either. I'm not too concerned about that because either way the cost to replace a screen is less than any deductible we'd have with carrier insurance and the OoW replacement cost is only slightly higher than the deductible.

Also, we are still covered free of charge with the standard one year warranty. We'll be upgrading our phones to the 7/7+ this year so we won't even go over that time frame for the warranty.

We'll see then if we can afford AC+. If we can, I will most assuredly buy it. My problem is not me or my wife (or even my kids). It's the people around me who have no care for personal space.
 
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laudern

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My iPhone 5 was replaced twice. Purchased in 2012, replaced after a year in 2013 and again in 2014. Replacement was totally free and with no crummy applecare +.

Australian consumer laws FTW!!!:cool:
 
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RadioGaGa1984

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My iPhone 5 was replaced twice. Purchased in 2012, replaced after a year in 2013 and again in 2014. Replacement was totally free and with no crummy applecare +.

Australian consumer laws FTW!!!:cool:
Yep slave to the government from cradle to grave.
 
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barkomatic

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Like most extended warranties, I do not believe AppleCare+ is worth the cost. Most credit cards add one year warranty and provide 90 days of theft or damage protection. Over the years I have never purchased AppleCare+ for any of my IOS devices (probably have purchased over 20) and have only had to replace two iPhone 6+ screens at $129 each. So I am way ahead of the game.

A recent discussion is located here: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/applecare.1955514/

Member dark_knight177 did an excellent cost comparison:

"AppleCare+ is totally NOT worth it. Tim Cook considers AppleCare+ a profit center, where they make 99% profit margin on each AppleCare+ sold.

Let me break it down to you:

If you don't have AppleCare+ :
  1. If you break the screen on iPhone 6S, Apple will charge you $129 to replace the screen
  2. If you get water damage or run your car over the iPhone 6S, it will cost you an out-of-warranty replacement cost of $299.
If you have AppleCare+ :
  1. If you break the screen, Apple will charge you $99 deductible + original cost of AppleCare which will end up costing you $228 (129+99)
  2. If you get water damage or run your car over the iPhone 6S, Apple will charge you $99 deductible + original cost of AppleCare which will end up costing you $228 (129+99)"
You are only focusing on damage that is the fault of the customer. One aspect of Applecare that is overlooked is that in the 2nd year if your device fails through no fault of your own (no drop or liquid) then Apple replaces your device with *no* deductible. This has happened to me multiple times and I because I had Applecare I didn't pay *anything* to get a new replacement--and the it didn't count toward the 2 replacements that you get for damage. I also get phone support for other issues and just this year I was on the phone for 2 hours working out a messy iCloud problem. Yes, you can come to macrumors for advice but sometimes the ideas here are inconsistent and flat out wrong in many cases.
 

maflynn

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Within 60 days of iPhone purchase. And I feel it's a good investment so I always get it.
I believe after 30 days (or something like that), you need to bring the phone in for verification that nothing is wrong with it.
 

Matthew.H

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You are only focusing on damage that is the fault of the customer. One aspect of Applecare that is overlooked is that in the 2nd year if your device fails through no fault of your own (no drop or liquid) then Apple replaces your device with *no* deductible. This has happened to me multiple times and I because I had Applecare I didn't pay *anything* to get a new replacement--and the it didn't count toward the 2 replacements that you get for damage. I also get phone support for other issues and just this year I was on the phone for 2 hours working out a messy iCloud problem. Yes, you can come to macrumors for advice but sometimes the ideas here are inconsistent and flat out wrong in many cases.
The thing is though that AC+ is worth it if your clumsy with your phones but general hardware failure is covered under your consumer rights if your anywhere in the EU. Not sure about the US though. If my phone fails within two years I can claim for a replacement under the sales of goods act.
 

eyoungren

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The thing is though that AC+ is worth it if your clumsy with your phones but general hardware failure is covered under your consumer rights if your anywhere in the EU. Not sure about the US though. If my phone fails within two years I can claim for a replacement under the sales of goods act.
In the US you have one year. If it fails due to defect one year and a day later the cost of replacement is on you - unless you bought AppleCare+.
 

Qbnkelt

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I believe after 30 days (or something like that), you need to bring the phone in for verification that nothing is wrong with it.
That's true, there's that requirement. However, they can check the device by running a remote diagnostics using the IMEI.
When I bought my 6s Plus I didn't get Apple Care Plus when I ordered it, so I got it afterwards. I called Apple and they ran a diagnostics.
 

Truefan31

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That's true, there's that requirement. However, they can check the device by running a remote diagnostics using the IMEI.
When I bought my 6s Plus I didn't get Apple Care Plus when I ordered it, so I got it afterwards. I called Apple and they ran a diagnostics.
Yeah u don't need to bring your phone to Apple anytime within the 60 days. They can add it over the phone and do a remote diagnostic.
 
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mattopotamus

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You are only focusing on damage that is the fault of the customer. One aspect of Applecare that is overlooked is that in the 2nd year if your device fails through no fault of your own (no drop or liquid) then Apple replaces your device with *no* deductible. This has happened to me multiple times and I because I had Applecare I didn't pay *anything* to get a new replacement--and the it didn't count toward the 2 replacements that you get for damage. I also get phone support for other issues and just this year I was on the phone for 2 hours working out a messy iCloud problem. Yes, you can come to macrumors for advice but sometimes the ideas here are inconsistent and flat out wrong in many cases.
Also pretty much any major credit card from visa, mc, amex, discover will extend that manufacture warranty by another year.
 
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