AppleCare vs AppleCare+

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by UKFan643, May 17, 2015.

  1. UKFan643 macrumors regular

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    So I read on another thread people discussing AppleCare vs AppleCare+. All I can find for the watch is AppleCare+, at least on their support pages. What's the difference?
     
  2. DribbleCastle macrumors regular

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    AppleCare+ coverages damage caused by the owner as well as additional warranty coverage. Basically its a little more like insurance with exception to theft.

    I don't believe there is a regular AppleCare for the watch. Here is more info on AppleCare+ for the Watch.

    https://www.apple.com/support/products/watch.html

    I've considered it for $50 but would really like to know the cost of replacement/repair for the watch. I'm guessing there is a discussion here on the details but if anyone knows off hand and would like to share that would be great.
     
  3. SonRK macrumors 6502

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    Basically, what Dribble said above.

    You pay for extended live coverage and discounted accidental-damage warranty replacement/repair
     
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  6. DribbleCastle macrumors regular

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    Details

    Here are the costs of replacement details I found on the web.

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/15...ry-on-experiences-detailed-as-preorders-mount

    So essentially if you bash your watch on a door knob and break or scratch the screen your looking at $229 for the AW Sport. If you have AppleCare+ you looking at $49 plus the incident cost of $69 which puts you at $118 which is a savings of $111. It also includes a second incident at $69 which is still cheaper than one replacement.

    Pretty tempting proposition for the sport and an even better one for the SS AW if you crunch the numbers. I usually get AppleCare for my Macs to help with resale when I sell them 2 years into ownership. Hard to say how long it will be until Apple Watch 2 hits the shelfs and if having AppleCare+ will enhance resale value $49. I think its more for piece of mind if you accidently smash your arm into a wall while walking up stairs etc.

    I tend to keep great care of my Macs and iPhones but the watch is a new story. You have 60 days to buy so good news is we all have time to think about it. Right now I'm leaning towards it because the entry price of $49 doesn't sting too bad. Then again I could get another band for that price or a nice dock.... decisions decisions.
     
  7. shahin90 macrumors regular

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    Do you know if it covers the band as well or is it just the watch itself?
     
  8. UKFan643 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I haven't seen anywhere that it says it covers the band, although it would get coverage for the 2 years instead of just 1. But I don't think accidental damage would apply to the band.
     
  9. bniu macrumors 6502a

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    If you have the sport band, doubt they'd even let you waste your accidental damage incident on the band when the band itself costs less than a repair deductible.
     
  10. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I'm going to add AppleCare+ to my Apple Watch Sport next weekend. This will be my first time buying AppleCare+ because I think I take pretty damn good care of my devices and I have never had any problem without AppleCare+. The reason I'm adding it to my Apple Watch is when I ride my bike I feel if I fell off and scrape the watch it's gonna be ****ed up bad. This will give me peace of mind.
     
  11. DribbleCastle macrumors regular

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    I would think if you fell off a bike and your watch is the only problem, you lucked out.

    bniu, good point on the sports band cost.
     
  12. Makendu macrumors member

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    not gonna lie apples insurance for there products are a complete troll u barley save **** buying it. love apple but there applecare is a troll
     
  13. Mattymoocow macrumors member

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    I came off my bike and broke 3 ribs - a broken Apple watch would bugger all compared to the physio etc I've been through!
     
  14. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Ehhh my body heals. My watch doesn't.
     
  15. Azzin macrumors 68040

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    Oh the irony...
     
  16. Bromeo macrumors regular

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    Another way to do it is to set up a separate savings account and deposit the amount you would have spent on an extended warranty for any purchase you make. Eventually you will have enough to to repair or outright replace even an expensive item.

    Also many credit cards extend the warranty on purchases made on the card, and will repair or replace the item, sometimes even covering loss or theft.

    AppleCare+ offers some other perks, though, such as extended phone support and faster replacement.
     

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