I've never been one to get extended warranties. Never had one for any computer I've owned. But I am seriously considering getting the AppleCare for the new iMac, mainly due to the new manufacturing process involved with the display. However, it seems any display issues would be manifest well within the first year, so it's covered. Then when Apple reduced the price of the SSD, I decided to go that way. The question is - would opting for the SSD over a normal HD make AppleCare less necessary? It seems that HD failures are the number one service issue, and SSDs are supposedly much more reliable. I know it's always a gamble, one way or another. I'd like to save that $169 if I can.