AppleCare = Limited or Full?

Clete2

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I have an iPhone and I noticed that the extended AppleCare warranty is limited (e.g. if I drop it, it isn't covered).

I currently have a Dell and the extended warranty covers it if I drop my laptop or if I spill coffee all over it. Does the AppleCare warranty cover user damage for MacBook Pros?
 

Clete2

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Hmm. I suppose a SquareTrade warranty would.

Do you recommend I buy AppleCare on a MBP? Seems almost worthless (especially if the battery has a 1-year warranty like Dell has).
 

GoCubsGo

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Yes I almost always buy AC on my portables. I just do it after about the 10th month.
 

Clete2

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Yeah, that's what I'm doing on my iPhone. Buying the AppleCare about a week before it expires.

Do you have any experience with SquareTrade? I really like the accidental damage.
 

SPNarwhal

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what's the difference between buying it right before your warranty expires?
even if you buy AC the day you get your product, it still extends it for 2 years AFTER your initial 1 year expires. it doesn't start right when you add it to your machine.

and yes, i would definitely get AC.
even if there are 3rd party coverage you can buy, they won't be as good to you as apple is.
(most likely)
 

snaky69

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I have an iPhone and I noticed that the extended AppleCare warranty is limited (e.g. if I drop it, it isn't covered).

I currently have a Dell and the extended warranty covers it if I drop my laptop or if I spill coffee all over it. Does the AppleCare warranty cover user damage for MacBook Pros?
No.
 

Jazojas12

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what's the difference between buying it right before your warranty expires?
(most likely)
The initial investment for the machine isn't as much. It makes no difference having AC or not during the first year as far as warranty work goes. If you sell the machine or it's stolen or anything else where you don't have it, AC wasn't a unnecessary loss.
 

miles01110

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If you sell the machine or it's stolen or anything else where you don't have it, AC wasn't a unnecessary loss.
On the flip side you are more likely to sell it if it has AC and can usually ask for more money because of it. If your machine is stolen, you can flag your machine as stolen and if it ever pops up at a repair shop or Apple Store it can be used to arrest the thief and recover the machine.
 
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Clete2

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what's the difference between buying it right before your warranty expires?
even if you buy AC the day you get your product, it still extends it for 2 years AFTER your initial 1 year expires. it doesn't start right when you add it to your machine.

and yes, i would definitely get AC.
even if there are 3rd party coverage you can buy, they won't be as good to you as apple is.
(most likely)
Because I will have money then. I don't now.

Also, if I want to sell it on eBay when the new one comes out.. I'll just let the new person buy AC. AC doesn't add on enough price to justify it.
 

DewGuy1999

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what's the difference between buying it right before your warranty expires?
even if you buy AC the day you get your product, it still extends it for 2 years AFTER your initial 1 year expires. it doesn't start right when you add it to your machine.

and yes, i would definitely get AC.
even if there are 3rd party coverage you can buy, they won't be as good to you as apple is.
(most likely)
One reason to buy AppleCare sooner than later is phone support. Apple's standard warranty has 90-days of phone support (the first 90-days), if you get Apple Care (and register it) before the 90-days is up, you'll get phone support for the entire 3-years.
 

harperjones99

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One reason to buy AppleCare sooner than later is phone support. Apple's standard warranty has 90-days of phone support (the first 90-days), if you get Apple Care (and register it) before the 90-days is up, you'll get phone support for the entire 3-years.
The 90 days is for software issues mainly. If you have a hardware problem after 90 days and before the year is up they still work through it on the phone long enough to determine if it's hardware or not. If it is they will mail you a service box. You are not going to get charged 50 dollars simply for calling...only if it's clearly not a hardware fault.
 

maflynn

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As others have statec it's a limited warranty and you'll hear from both sides about buying now versus the 11 month. The risk of waiting is not having the money or not willing to plop that much down

another risk is forgetting and missing the renewel period. Personally if you have the cash at the time of sale then I'd buy AppleCare then
 

thegoldenmackid

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I didn't buy AppleCare, if something goes wrong between now and June/July I suppose I will be out $200, but that's a risk that I am willing to take, depending on the new iPhone, I may or may not get it.
 

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