AppleCare on 2017 Macbook Pro 13?

ttusomeone

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I just received my new MacBook Pro 13" TB - it's not fully spec'd out but I did upgrade to 16GB RAM and the 512HD. I didn't initially purchase AppleCare, but now I'm reconsidering - mainly because of this article: https://9to5mac.com/2016/11/18/opinion-applecare-macbook-pro-with-touch-bar/

I'm aware of all the typical arguments for/against AppleCare such as there's no way to predict if you'll need it, most failures happen either in the first year or much later, AppleCare, like any insurance, is a money maker for the company as they receive more than they have to pay out.

I previously had a 2012 Air that I didn't purchase AppleCare on, and never had a problem out of it. However, given the hardware design that makes the Pro more difficult to repair, should I be considering AppleCare in the event a repair is needed after the first year?
 

PBz

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I have never regretted purchasing AC+. I have always had great experiences with Apple addressing hardware and software issues. Recently my wife dropped her iPhone and cracked the screen and under AC+ it was about $30 to replace. When it was just AC I was not 100% on adding it to a laptop (of course in my situation I sure wish I had) but moving forward with Apple offering AC+ on the laptops I personally would add it if I were to get a new laptop. It's 3 years of worry-free ownership. That is my $0.02.
 
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Frankfurt

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I did.
I never buy consumer goods insurance (e.g. car, household items) but Apple Care+ (including now accidental damage for Macs) make sense given how more complex repairs are on the new laptops. Now, if you are living in Europe with much more beneficial consumer protection laws, I might pass on it.
 

ttusomeone

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I did.
I never buy consumer goods insurance (e.g. car, household items) but Apple Care+ (including now accidental damage for Macs) make sense given how more complex repairs are on the new laptops. Now, if you are living in Europe with much more beneficial consumer protection laws, I might pass on it.
Thanks for the insight. I'm U.S. based BTW. I'm like you - I rarely buy the extended coverage for goods, but did by it for my Apple Watch 2 because I figured I was more likely to break it by either dropping it or hitting it on something while I was wearing it.
 

PBz

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Add me to the list that I don't normally buy extended warranties. I do buy AC+ because of the high level of service and when necessary, replacements that are provided. Apple white box or refurbs are as good, or better, than new. My 6SP recently bricked and Apple replaced it with a 6SP in perfect cosmetic and working condition.
 
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PBG4 Dude

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I did.
I never buy consumer goods insurance (e.g. car, household items) but Apple Care+ (including now accidental damage for Macs) make sense given how more complex repairs are on the new laptops. Now, if you are living in Europe with much more beneficial consumer protection laws, I might pass on it.
AppleCare+ isn't offered in Europe.
 

PBG4 Dude

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That makes sense. You would not need it given existing legislation.
Does existing Euro legislation cover accidental damage? Serious question.

Spent 3 years trying to ignore a cracked screen on my last MBP which is why I bought AC+ this time around.
 

Frankfurt

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Does existing Euro legislation cover accidental damage? Serious question.

Spent 3 years trying to ignore a cracked screen on my last MBP which is why I bought AC+ this time around.
I don't think so but I am not sure.
Having accidental damage now included within apple care plus is certainly a good add.
 

Saturn007

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Apple Care is well worth it in my book. Made use of it twice on a 15" MacBook Pro a number of years ago.

It is even smarter to get now as

1) even relatively minor repairs can involve entire logic board replacements and

2) anecdotally, QC -- or manufacturing consistency-- seems to have slipped in recent years.

It's not as if the things that got wrong now can be fixed easily even by tech-savvy members of the general public!
 

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