Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tmartin2347, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. tmartin2347 macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2011
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    I'm planning on purchasing a MBP 15" model this summer, is AppleCare really worth the cost? It seems like an awful lot of money if you never need it.

    Someone sell me on it please
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    Nov 28, 2010
  3. Mabyboi macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I always buy applecare with my mac stuff, but one of the bonus's with apple is that you get their 1 year applecare warranty, and at any point in that first year you can buy the extended applecare to take you to 3 years. I'm probably going to go without on my new laptop due to the fact that i upgrade about every 8-10 months. If cost is an issue then dont buy it right away and just get it at another time..
  4. nospeed411 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2010
    east coast
    Seems to me I have told this story on here a lot today. YES BUY THE APPLECARE!!! I was a week out of warranty today, when I noticed my recently replaced screen had a oddity. Took it in today and they admitted the poor guy for a new screen. No questions asked. This repair , if it where not for AppleCare would have cost me over 350 bucks. Seeing that my AppleCare was only 249 it's a win win situation.
  5. oldschool006 macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Get It

    I've always had applecare for all my computers. My Mac Pro was just 24 hours away from AC expiry when the HD failed. While it was in the shop a hardware test registered that the optical drive was also failing, so that was replaced too. Paid for itself in that case for sure.

    That said, even without hardware failure, I always get my money's worth from the extended phone support, of which I take full advantage whenever a machine has even a hiccup. It doesn't take long over the course of 3 years since the cost of each phone support issue without coverage (only 90 days without AC I believe) is about $50.
  6. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    i bought applecare about 11 months after I purchased my MBP. Made the AC cost more manageable for me.

    If money is an issue for you now - this is the route I would suggest. I've seen TONS of threads where people got above and beyond service from Apple BECAUSE they had applecare
  7. tmartin2347 thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2011
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    Wow, Thanks everyone.

    I think I'll wait near the end of the first year then buy it.
  8. alt macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    I buy applecare because it makes it easier to sell my mac 1 year later when the updates come out. Still have 2 year warranty when selling

    and also, I buy apple care via ebay...way cheaper.
  9. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2007
    yes it is my late 2008 macbook pro 15''
    just recently i noticed a odd mark on my screen took it to the apple store
    new screen and they noticed that the super drive was making a lot of noise so they fixed that tooo. Cost 0 dollars apple covered 650.00 repair. Plus a month ago new battery and yesterday new charger.
  10. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    if your the type of person who uses warrenty's, you should buy applecare. a lot of people who buy it and their mac breaks don't use it. STUPID.

    I've got one free macbook pro from them 15 inch. my fiancee is in the process of getting a free macbook now. life is good with applecare.
  11. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Easy answer: You and the rest of the world should always buy it.

    Semi-Easy answer: You should buy it but realize it is not insurance and only will cover certain things. If what it does not cover is something you have a real-time worry about, purchase insurance, or add it to an existing policy as well. Also, still buy AppleCare.

    Long answer:
    -AppleCare covers the 2nd and 3rd year of a laptop's life in which statistically speaking, at least 35% of all laptops will have some type of an issue.
    -That 35% is probably higher due to people not making warranty claims on certain issues
    -All laptops, including the MBP, have more parts in it than Einstein could have contemplated and many of these parts can malfunction
    -Statistically speaking, if you have 1 issue over the 2 year period, you will have probably saved money with the AppleCare due to most issues that the MBP has cost hundred of dollars to replace/repair
    -Many problems require multiple repairs
    -If you have AppleCare, you will not have to live with certain annoying issues (ex: dull screen, unlit keys, power cord fitment issues, etc.) PROVIDED you actually call them...some people live with them and complain about them where as a simple call to Apple would fix it within a week
    -Apple often WILL replace batteries that have decreased capacity due to NORMAL wear for people with AppleCare ALTHOUGH they are NOT required to. You can find a lot of reports about this
    -Statistically speaking, items with an active warranty sell for more money and tend to sell faster than identical items that are out of warranty.
  12. JamesMB macrumors 68000


    Jan 2, 2011
    One other thing to consider, phone support with a standard warranty is only 90 days, so if you wait until the warranty has almost expired before you buy Applecare, you will be without phone support for nine months. If you live near a store this might not be a problem, but if you are two or three hours away, phone support is great.
  13. Invisible Elf macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2011
    Just commenting on this, some countries have consumer protection laws that go above the offers of the apple care, so buying it would be useless for them. For example Norway has a 5 year complaint limit on computers, so if there is something wrong with it within 5 years not caused by the customer, Apple is required fix it.
  14. ZenErik macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2007
    Add it after 11 months if you are keeping the computer. I am planning to upgrade if the next 13" MBPs have i3 or i5 processors. No reason for me to waste $250 on AppleCare. It doesn't lower the resale value by over $250 to not have it. :)
  15. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    I would normally say def. get AppleCare with a 15 or 17". But here's the thing...

    For that $350, you could just sell last years MBP and buy a new one each year for the same cost. Maybe even less.

    I would always recommend waiting until your first year is almost up before buying AppleCare. This way you know whether it's a worthwhile investment (if you'll be keeping or upgrading).
  16. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Oh...I wish I lived in Norway :(

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