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cakebytheocean

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Just wondering how many folks opted to get AppleCare + for the ultra?

Is it even needed or worth it?
 

iamasmith

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Apr 10, 2015
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Yes, I went for AppleCare+.

I had my SS S3 about 1 week before I dropped it in the bathroom and after picking it up noticed that the crystal had slightly delaminated (there are 2 parts to the sapphire crystal on the S3 which are glued together) so was glad of AppleCare+ back then and have always gone for it.

Whilst the Ultra has the raised Ti around the Sapphire and this isn't likely to happen if it fell when off the ceramic back could equally smash so I considered it to be a no brainer.
 
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Howard2k

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Mar 10, 2016
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If you’re clumsy then yes. If you generally take good care of your stuff then no.


I get it on MacBooks. I would not get it on a phone. I did get it on my Watch SE and Watch S8 as they were my first AW devices and there is so much fear mongering on here about how easily the aluminium watches will fall apart if you breathe on them, but I would not get AC on my next watch. Especially if it’s the next Ultra, which is my current plan.

ideally I’d prefer if I could get the warranty extensions without the accidental damage at a suitable discount.
 

thecautioners

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Dec 5, 2022
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I get apple care simply because I can’t afford to replace my devices if something happens.
 

wilberforce

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Aug 15, 2020
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I get apple care simply because I can’t afford to replace my devices if something happens.
I don't because I can.
Saves me a lot of money.

Not just trying to rub it in, but the point is that if you can afford to replace a device if something happens, you save money in the long run by not getting AppleCare - unless you are extraordinarily unlucky or accident prone.

As usual, those that can afford the least, pay the most for what they get. Just the way the system works.

A good example is someone with low income who has to buy a car with a high interest loan, paying considerably more in the end than the person who can afford to pay with cash.
 
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bruinsrme

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Oct 26, 2008
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I worked in a store. Nothing made my day more than a customer telling me how AC was not needed only to see them returning to the store with their watch in a zip lock bag.

AC is a gamble.

Yes I have it
 

bushman4

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Mar 22, 2011
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AppleCare+ is necessary because if something goes wrong the price to fix it without AppleCare+ is high
Why gamble….the logic is to have it and never have to use it and you’re a winner
 
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BigMcGuire

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Jan 10, 2012
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For a watch? Oh most definitely. I have had AppleCare+ on all my watches from the 3, 5, 6, and 7 and now my Ultra.

I slam my watches into things - the 6 and 7 ended up having scratches on the screen and Apple offered to replace it for an AC+ incident but I ended up just keeping them just in case I did anything worse.

Definitely on my Ultra. While the watch is EXTREMELY durable it is peace of mind to be able to walk into an Apple Store and 5 mins later walk out with a like new replacement.

$3.99/mo or $79 for 2 years is not a lot for peace of mind. (For normal AW). Ultra is $4.99 or $99/2 years.

I do get AC+ on all my products and have benefited from AC+ to make it worth my while - but biggest advantage for me is peace of mind knowing I can get an instant replacement whenever I need to.
 

wilberforce

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For a watch? Oh most definitely. I have had AppleCare+ on all my watches from the 3, 5, 6, and 7 and now my Ultra.

it is peace of mind to be able to walk into an Apple Store and 5 mins later walk out with a like new replacement.
If you have spent $79 AC+ on 5 watches, that is a total of ~$400. Sounds like a lot to me.

Also, you don't just walk out with a new watch 5 mins later. You get to pay $69 damage fee, or it is denied because scratches are cosmetic, or it is past your 2 years AC+. Also you get an old model like the one you bought, not a brand new latest model.

I prefer to keep the $400 in my pocket, and in the unlikely event I get damage that is more than cosmetic, I upgrade to the latest brand new model. $400 in my pocket to do as I please gives me peace of mind.
 
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Ted Lasso

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Oct 16, 2020
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Never had AppleCare for the aluminium watches I had previously but felt the need to get it for my Ultra. It’s just very costly so wanted to protect that purchase.
 

Kottu

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Sep 21, 2014
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I got AppleCare for my Ultra. I plan to keep this Watch for 3-4 years and love knowing that I have insurance to cover it until I upgrade. Plus the Ultra is the most expensive Apple Watch I’ve purchased. I rather be safe than sorry.
In Sweden we can get AC+ onoy for 2 years. That too for about $120. Is it possible in US to purchase AC+ more than 2 years?
 

wilberforce

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Aug 15, 2020
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I need to get into the insurance business.
Or maybe not. I have a schoolmate that got very wealthy selling life insurance to (very) poor people in Africa. I have no respect for him.
 

xxFoxtail

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Nov 8, 2015
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I’d like to get it, but Apple won’t let me.
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bigjnyc

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Apr 10, 2008
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I worked in a store. Nothing made my day more than a customer telling me how AC was not needed only to see them returning to the store with their watch in a zip lock bag.

AC is a gamble.

Yes I have it
I'm sure Apple accountants are just as happy every time someone gets AC... They make a killing on it because most of the time its unnecessary. If it wasn't financially beneficial to Apple they wouldn't offer it. They count on the folks who just feel better physiologically having it. It's a cash cow for them.
 
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