Discussion in 'iPad' started by judyg951, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. judyg951 macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2016
    sunny So. Ca.
    Did you buy AppleCare for your new iPad? I have not bought it for any in the past and never had a problem, but I'm thinking about adding it to my 11" IPP.
    What are the pros and cons on it?

    Opinions please.
  2. CB98 macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2018
    For a relatively low price, it offers two incidents of accidental damage and a very low excess fee which is the same both times (unlike some, for example DJI’s drone one where the second excess fee for a second accident is higher). For a product which is on the move like an iPad, I see it as a no-brainer myself. And, it also comes with Pencil protection too.

    This is coming from someone who is possibly considering not getting AppleCare on my Mac, as in the UK it doesn’t cover accidental damage and only extends the warranty. I think for £129 you’ll be glad you got it if your iPad is dropped and the screen shatters, when a replacement screen would cost around £600 without AppleCare. Considering how thin these iPads are, I wouldn’t trust them holding up in a drop (unlike iPhones, which are designed more with drops in mind due to the nature of their use). I did think about not getting AppleCare, but I didn’t want to risk going without it.

    And, because it’s so thin, even putting it in your bag could possibly cause a crack due to pressure from something else. Not worth the risk. Just my thoughts. I don’t know what country you’re in, but here in the UK you have 60 days I believe after it’s been activated for the first time to decide to get it or not.

    To briefly address your bit about pros and cons - I only see pros, with the only con being having to pay a little more for it.
  3. victry1 macrumors member


    Jan 2, 2008
    One time I didn’t get AppleCare for my iPad. I ended up paying for a broken screen. (The only time I’ve ever damaged an iPad). Same with the phone. For the 6sPlus I didn’t get AppleCare and ended up buying a new screen so I could sell it when I bought my 8+.

    If I were buying the new iPad, I believe I would get it as it seems much more expensive now to repair than they used to be.
  4. judyg951 thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2016
    sunny So. Ca.
    Thank you. I'm going to add it. Like you said it's pretty cheap insurance.
  5. KennethS macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2011
    I generally take AC+ on all my iDevices so take this in that light. While I tend to be extremely careful with my phones and our old iPad is still in perfect condition many years later, I bought the new iPad Pro for the family to use and enjoy. I hope to never need it, but I would be extremely sad if an accident occurs and I don't have it. At the end of that day, it is insurance and everyone needs to determine their pain tolerance for an uncovered loss. That said, because I purchased AC+ it probably means I will never need it, and I'm fine with that...
  6. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    Some will say that they always get AppleCare... it gives them peace of mind. Others say they never get it and that no one should.

    But...the best indicator of whether or not to buy AppleCare is one's own track record with their devices. Look back at your past... how many times could you have taken advantage of AppleCare if you had it? The higher the number, the more you should consider AppleCare.

    Over the past 12 years, I've probably purchased at least 30-40 Apple products for our household that were eligible for AppleCare. (that's iMacs, Macbook Pros, Macbook Airs, iPads, iPad Pros, iPhones, etc.) Never purchased AppleCare for any of them. How many times could we have used AppleCare? Zero.

    My adult daughter on the other hand, drops her iPhone on what seems like a daily basis... for her, AppleCare is a must-have.
  7. Kate. macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2009
    I've never bought AppleCare on an iPad. Only laptops and desktops since I was cursed by a logic board witch in the cradle.

    My credit card comes with extended warranty coverage and I keep the iPad in a case or sleeve. Knock on wood.
  8. Techwatcher macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2013
    I'm in the same boat. I don't recall buying AppleCare ever, for anything. But this time around I'm seriously considering it for my incoming 12.9 iPad.
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Never bought AC+ on any device except the Watch. Figured it would get smashed into something and the cost was worth it. I have saved lots of money by not buying on my other devices and feel like if something happened I would still be way ahead of the game.

    If you are they type person who is “clumsy”, I would suggest getting AC+. Only you can decide.
  10. MTShipp macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2009
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    I always buy. I’ve had a MBPro fixed by it, three iPhones, and most recently my iPad 12.9 2nd gen has been replaced three times. In all but one case after regular warranty expired so I saved money. Twice for accidental damage. I have it on the 3rd Gen 12.9 I am waiting for.
  11. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    Never had it. My iPads and phones seemed pretty reliable and solid to me so far.
  12. Marzel macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2018
    I’ve never bought AppleCare for any Apple device (and I’ve had tons) for several reasons. One is that iOS devices have generally been very reliable and I never had issues with them. Secondly, I live in Europe where consumer law covers you pretty well so even the Macs I had problems with, were repaired by Apple for free. The EU covers you for 3 years (as long as Apple care) so there is no point. I can only see the appeal of AppleCare+ for those that worry about drop damage but that’s only available in very few European countries and I’ve been very lucky and never had a device damaged.
  13. Two Stacks macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2015
    New Orleans
    for me it depends on price as well as how long I plan on keeping it. my air 2 is 4 years old. i didnt get it on my phone because i planned on getting a new one (i have an iPhone X) but changed my mind. have it on this MBP cause it was $3000.

    have it on my watch. plan on getting it on the ipad pro because of the cost. my next phone i will get it because i will buy the phone outright.

    the cost of protection/insurance is almost always less (even with deductibles) than the cost of a brand new device.
  14. tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Phones, yes, iPads no. Just a personal preference. My phone hits the trails with me while my iPad is babied and I’m very careful with.

    The repair costs are really soaring though, but I’m still skipping it for the 11”. Just personal preference and how clumsy you might be.
  15. mk0614 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2018
    They are now doing a monthly payments for AppleCare pretty cool I think it’s like six dollars a month for 24 months
  16. bigdog5142 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    I’ve bought it on every iDevice I’ve had. I had to use it on a broken screen and water damage on iPhones. Never on an iPad...but here’s why I keep getting it. This is my opinion, of course, but I believe I get better Genius help with it. I’ve been honest both times about how my devices were broken...and I’ve NEVER paid the deductible on a replacement. The Genius found something else covered under warranty.

    Just my $.02.
  17. Fishels macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2015
    This. I have also found I seem to be treated very different when they find out I’m under Apple Care. I think they want to keep you paying for it tbh.
  18. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    I generally get it just for peace of mind. Only two times I can recall not bothering. One was for my iPhone 6, which after two and a bit years was fine bar a slightly iffy mute switch - AppleStore actually replaced that one without me even asking, even though it was out of warranty.

    And my wife’s iPad Mini 4, which has a dodgy volume down button. Price they asked to repair that, I’d have been as well buying a new Mini. Thankfully she was happy using the on-screen controls. Not like she uses volume much anyway. She’s a bit adverse to noise, so why she married me?
  19. HDFan macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    Always buy AppleCare on all of my devices (Mac, iMac, phone, multiple iPads, Apple TVs, HomePods). Have had 2 phones replaced. Even more importantly I heavily use Apple Support so have saved at least 10x my AppleCare costs due to extended support. This becomes even more important with multiple device issues, such as problems playing Mac iTunes music on HomePods.
  20. thisismyusername macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2015
    I never buy extended warranties and AppleCare is no different. I've saved a ton of money not buying it for the numerous Apple devices my wife and I have purchased since our first iPhones. Never needed it once.
  21. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    That's interesting. thumpsup.gif
    I wouldn't know that because I've never been to a Genius Bar once, for any of my devices. :eek:
  22. kurosov macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    I didn't buy applecare when i got my 2018 iPad pro because i was rushing to get the order in.

    Went to buy it after the fact but I get a "not eligible" message despite the same page stating they still offer within 60 day purchase.
  23. smarcotte macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2012
    I purchase AppleCare + for all portable devices. Fortunately I haven't had to use it for my phones. However with my 10.5 (recently upgraded to the 11") after almost 18 months I had the white dot issue mentioned in other posts and it was replaced without question because of AppleCare +. A relative small amount of money expensed for the peace of mind.
  24. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    Just call them and add it.
  25. ckiggins macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    That seems odd - I added mine through the Apple Support app.

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