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browser740

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Im kinda spooked with the multitude of problems that EVERY release of an apple product brings... And I realize you get 1YR coverage, for the usual problems... Although Im spooked Im leaning toward NOT getting AppleCare. So Are YOU getting it? AND Is there a COMPELLING reason to get it?

BTW - Im a stay at home 60 year old, so not traveling with the iPad or using it for work, etc....
 

Bryan Bowler

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I would never buy AppleCare for fear of product defects. Apple has the least amount of defects of any consumer product and they do a great job of standing by their products.

AppleCare is really only good for product failure between the 13th and 24th month of ownership, and drops and spills that damage the iPad. Getting it really is an individual choice based off how clumsy one might be and their tolerant for risk. (or tolerance for paying for insurance, which is essentially what this is)

As for me, I never get AppleCare, but I opted to this time around when I found out that it costs $599 to replace a broken screen on the 12.9 iPad. I have never dropped one yet, but I plan on using this one extensively with travel and in field set-ups at work...so the potential for a drop on hard terrain is vastly increased.

Again though, this really is a personal choice and every person is different.

Hope this helps.
 

SparklyPickle

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I would not. I have had cell phones for the past 10 years and always appropriately protected them with a case (and now screen protector) so I never needed an additional protection plan.
 

burgman

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I would not. I have had cell phones for the past 10 years and always appropriately protected them with a case (and now screen protector) so I never needed an additional protection plan.
I have never damaged my Mac, IPhones, or ipads just lucky I guess. However 15 inch Macbook Pro and Ipad 12.9 Pro both required out of one year warranty replacements that were covered by AppleCare extended warranty. So I buy it on everything. Plus resale is better with it.
 

Chupa Chupa

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I never get ext. warranties.

1. Most mid and upper level credit cards include free warranty extention,
2. The odds of your device going belly up after two years is remote. Typically if a device is going to go haywire it will happen within two years - which you are already protected.

3. In the case of iPads, I've owned many of them, and yes, a few have fallen off my bed or table. Worst thing that happened was it chiped the $9 crapola case. iPads are pretty solid.

I've also dropped iPhones, which the glass did crack, but those drops were on cement, not wood floors. Cost me $100 at Apple to replace. Had I bought AppleCare that repair would have been $79 but only after I'd spent $99 on AppleCare so I'd still be in the hole there. I've never cracked my iPhone's screen twice.
 
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Lobwedgephil

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No brainer for me as I take it everywhere for work and travel with it, makes the costs of replacement very easy in case something happens.
 
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barkomatic

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Yes, I have always purchased Applecare for iPads and iPhones. I use the iPad in the kitchen to look up recipes and although I'm careful with it there's a chance it could be exposed to water. I also take it on vacation and use it next to pools--and that's also an obvious problem.

I haven't had to replace an iPad yet due to water exposure but I've had two replacements in the *second* year that the warranty would have expired due to hardware failure.
 
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dohspc

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AppleCare is totally worth it! I've bent an iPad before and dropped an iPhone into the pool both covered for a small fee. Also AppleCare covers all cables with the device so when the end starts bunching up you can just take it in with the device and they will give you a brand new one. The cable part almost pays for it on it's own.
 

azentropy

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Used to always get AppleCare (or square trade) on my iPhones and iPads, but with moving to a CC that extends warranty coverage and the change to policies where they now charge a deductible and limit the number accident incidents you can have that value equation changed. I also calculated that for 7 devices I had paid for I only used it twice (and once didn't save me anything over what it would have cost if I didn't have apple care one you figure the cost of it plus the deductible ).

I do see now they posted the "out of warranty" prices for the Pro 10.5 and it is really high ($449), so might have to rethink again.
 

dannyar

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I will never understand why people purchase apple care. It costs only $70 a year to get up to $1300 worth of personal property insurance through state farm which covers personal belongings which are lost, stolen, broken, etc. There is 0 ZERO deductible and you have a check in your hands for the full amount of the claim within 3-5 days. I took a $1200 policy out on my mavic pro months ago and when I crashed it into the ocean they sent me a check hassle free within days. Do some research people.
 

masotime

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As for me, I never get AppleCare, but I opted to this time around when I found out that it costs $599 to replace a broken screen on the 12.9 iPad.

This is why you should get it. Pay close attention to the out of warranty costs - you're really going to regret it if something goes wrong. Ironically AppleCare+ is actually cheaper for iPads than iPhones.
 

onepoint

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I bought it. In my experience it helps resale value significantly, and I've used it for screen replacement numerous times across Apple products.
 

missbing

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I will never understand why people purchase apple care. It costs only $70 a year to get up to $1300 worth of personal property insurance through state farm which covers personal belongings which are lost, stolen, broken, etc. There is 0 ZERO deductible and you have a check in your hands for the full amount of the claim within 3-5 days. I took a $1200 policy out on my mavic pro months ago and when I crashed it into the ocean they sent me a check hassle free within days. Do some research people.

I never purchased AppleCare. I've been thinking about purchasing now because of how expensive the pro is, plus I'm clumsy and have kids. I've lost an iPad due to an accident and the motherboard on my old iPhone died. I've also had a few broken screens, but those were cheap fixes through 3rd party repair companies.

That's a great idea about State Farm. I already have my engagement ring and other valuables covered through State Farm personal property policy. I'm going to get my iPad and iPhone added and make sure there's no deductible.
 

dannyar

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I never purchased AppleCare. I've been thinking about purchasing now because of how expensive the pro is, plus I'm clumsy and have kids. I've lost an iPad due to an accident and the motherboard on my old iPhone died. I've also had a few broken screens, but those were cheap fixes through 3rd party repair companies.

That's a great idea about State Farm. I already have my engagement ring and other valuables covered through State Farm personal property policy. I'm going to get my iPad and iPhone added and make sure there's no deductible.

Its the best way. There is no deductible for personal item policies unless I believe its over $2000 and even then its minimal. I just added My ipad pro yesterday when I received it and was even able to add the case and glass screen protector all in one. The premium only goes up after a certain dollar amount so I was able to add over $800 of coverage with all the accessories included and my premium stayed the same.
 

Newtons Apple

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No AC+ here. Never have except for the Apple watch. I feel like the money I have saved would easily keep me ahead.

If you are the type person who drops stuff or has accidents, it might be a good investment.
 

dannyar

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Feb 2, 2007
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Thinking of moving to iPad 12.9 full-time... probably worth the investment of AC in that case?

Read my above post on why you should not get AC and get a personal insurance policy instead. Do people not read through all the replies on threads anymore?
 

Alrescha

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Jan 1, 2008
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Not buying AppleCare over the years has paid for the 12.9 iPad Pro that I am typing this message on.

A.
 

Bryan Bowler

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Read my above post on why you should not get AC and get a personal insurance policy instead. Do people not read through all the replies on threads anymore?

Your advice of putting on a personal valuable insurance policy is not a bad idea at all, but people do need to realize the implications that can have if you have to make one or more claims. Unfortunately, insurance companies will significantly raise your rates after a claim or sometimes even drop that policy all together. This could be problematic if you use that same type of policy to insure other valuables as well.

IMHO, if you are clumsy, if you'll be using the device in drop-prone situations, or if you have kids that use the device, then going with AppleCare+ is probably the better choice since the chances of making a claim are much higher.

All of the info provided here has been great advice. This is just additional food for thought.
 
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