Hey Sorry if this is in the wrong place, I couldn't see an Applecare specific place, and I've just ordered a new Macbook Pro Retina and a bunch of goodies, so I came here and thought it seemed as good a place as any. As I say, I ordered a bunch of new Mac Stuff, retina MBP, 27" thunderbolt etc, a couple of days ago, and the thing which I really stopped to pause about was the Applecare. For the new "pro, it's really expensive, and given that EU rules require Apple to provide a 2 year guarantee by law, I was struggling to reconcile that cost for effectively a 12 month period to cover a laptop etc that would by that time be 2 years old already. I actually got it in the end, but mostly because I noticed it covered the Thunderbolt Screen as well, and as I've bought it all through my vompany by the time the tax decudtions and discounts etc are taken into account its a more reasonable £100ish. I can swallow that given the comments I've seen before from ex and serving Genius's that the Applecare gives a lot more freedom to them to really go to town to help out/swap machines if needs be etc. That said, there was another line of thought that I had, that may be worth sharing with others in case it helps them. Now I realise that, as I have said before the EU require Apple to p[rovide a 2 year warranty anyway, but from what I gather Apple fight tooth and nail once it's out of their own warranty to not honour the spirit of the EU legal one. So there is another, cheaper and potentially better, way. John Lewis in the UK by default offer 2 year warranties with all of their laptops. On top of that, you can buy an extended John Lewis guarantee, which bolts a further 3 years on top of that. Now bear in mind that you really cant find a discounted Apple gizmo, so by buying from John Lewis you are just automatically getting additional warranty, and if you buy their additional one you are getting awarranty that's two years more protection than Applecare. The additionaly warranty is much cheaper than Applecare, and includes accidental damage. John Lewis are famous for their aftercare, and no arguments approach to stuff that has problems in warranty, so I would not expect any problems at all. The only difference I can see is that you would not have the telephone software support, but I've yet to not receive an answer to any question I've had from a Genius in a store. This may have been debated before, but just in case not and it saves someone money.