AppleCare for High School Retina MacBook Pros

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by erthquake, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. erthquake, Jun 5, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014

    erthquake macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2011
    Is it worth it to get AppleCare for 55 13" Retina MacBook Pros purchased to be used by high school staff and students? Fifteen would be for staff, the rest for students. The laptops would stay on campus. I would max them with 16GB of RAM and hope to get six years out of them.

    Education pricing for AppleCare is $183. If I forego AppleCare, I could get six more laptops as replacements. That would assume 11% or less of the 55 machines would have an issue inside of three years.

    Downtime isn't a big issue since everyone uses a network account, so they could use one of our iMacs or older MacBooks in a pinch while we wait for an AppleCare repair.
  2. Dave245 macrumors 603

    Sep 15, 2013
    Don't students get AppleCare free anyway? i'm a student in the UK and when i brought my iMac i got AppleCare included. I think if your buying 55 MacBooks you get a bigger discount anyway because your buying in bulk.
  3. The Mercurian macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2012
    Thats a UK only thing - you don't know how lucky ye are....
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Why are you maxing out the ram for machines? You didn't communicate the usage but you may not need to spend the money.

    As for AppleCare, why not talk with the education specialists at apple. I think there's a division within apple dedicated to selling to schools.
  5. Dave245 macrumors 603

    Sep 15, 2013
    I didn't know it was a UK only thing, thought it was a general Apple policy for students and teachers.
  6. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    When I bought my MacBook I never got AppleCare for free, just the standard 1 year warranty.
  7. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Also you can get refurbed units with full warranty for much better prices than the modest Ed discount. For example the Ed discount on the top of the line rMBP is around $200 off. Yet on the refurb page the same unit is $500 off.

    I would be doing some serious negotiating with Apple on an institutual price at well below the retail Ed discount. You school/city/county purchasing agent should be helping you with the negations and POs.
  8. The Mercurian macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2012
    Nope. A few years back some higher education authority type folks in the UK negotiated a special deal with Apple. Doesn't apply anywhere else.
    More details here:
  9. Dave245 macrumors 603

    Sep 15, 2013
    Thank you for providing the link :) i didn't know about this and i'm a full time student, i knew that we get discounts because thats how i brought my 2013 iMac. I also didn't know that we get 3 years, i just thought it was 12 months warranty.

    With the recent Macbook Air drop in prices, it now brings the entry 13" Macbook air to £729.60 which is very tempting.
  10. The Mercurian macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2012
    Applecare you get depends on how/where you bought it!
  11. Dave245 macrumors 603

    Sep 15, 2013
    I've brought my Mac's online, thank you for the info, I've learned something i didn't know :D
  12. erthquake thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2011
    I'm maxing out the RAM because there's no ability to upgrade it in the future. Currently we use mid-2009 white MacBooks with 2GB of RAM, and that's the primary performance bottleneck. I can upgrade the RAM in those and maybe get a couple more years out of them with our middle school students.

    By the time the laptops are four years old, I don't want them struggling because I wasn't prudent enough to put enough RAM in them.

    As for use, students do use iMovie and Garageband. Since we now have 3D printers and a laser cutter, they'll also be using 3D design software like Fusion 360.
  13. Barney63 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2014
    Bolton, UK.
    Phone AppleCare up and tell them you bought it online with the edu discount but AC hasn't been added. They should put it on for you.
    Have you checked the service coverage on it? They may have added it but not notified you.

  14. erthquake thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2011
    Yeah, the refurb route is a good possibility. Thanks. I'll have to have a chat with our rep. When we bought 100 or so MacBooks back in 2009, the AppleCare service plan we had covered accidental issues. I didn't think they did that anymore, but I'll have to check.
  15. SavMBP15 macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2010
    They pay for it in the end with the insanely high tax rates on everything.


    It would be moderately difficult to get 55 refurbished MBP with the exact same specs.
  16. BL4zD macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2010
    I understand your logic on this but would still point out that the machines will probably break before they become unusable due to RAM limitations (with 8GB). The current trend in development is to make apps more energy and memory efficient and I don't see that reversing in the foreseeable future.
  17. chrfr macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2009
    Apple will negotiate if you are buying 55, if your rep is any good.
  18. The Mercurian macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2012

    Plenty of other places with high taxes and no special student discounts! Oh and they also get an amazing free health service that's way better than most. How much does healthcare cost where you are then ?
  19. NukeIT macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    I was thinking the same thing. They must have an institutional contact point for mass orders of hardware, software and AppleCare.
  20. chrfr macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2009
    Right. If I'm buying one or two computers, I go through the institutional Apple Store and pay list. If it's 10, I email the rep for a quote. 55, and they'll definitely take money off. I can get a discount on 10.

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