Buy Apple Care for ATV 4k?

coolbreeze2

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I am curious if everyone is buying Apple Care for their ATV 4k? I just purchased mine and trying to decide if I should purchase Apple Care.
 

guptasa1

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Personally, I'm not. They're not so expensive that if I got unlucky and one died prematurely outside of the warranty I couldn't replace one. On the flipside, I view the likelihood of that as pretty small. This is my third AppleTV, and the original one (a model 3 I think) is still going at a family member's house. The old 4 will probably be going to a friend or family member as well and I only replaced it for the 4K.

For me, I'll buy AppleCare on anything that moves around a lot or has a lot of moving parts that can wear out, etc. For a laptop or tablet for example, it might be worth it. But for something that stays put, I consider the risk minimal and would rather save the money.

Just my opinion though. It's nice to have it IF something goes wrong - it's just a matter of amount of risk you're willing to take.
 

acorntoy

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Personally, I'm not. They're not so expensive that if I got unlucky and one died prematurely outside of the warranty I couldn't replace one. On the flipside, I view the likelihood of that as pretty small. This is my third AppleTV, and the original one (a model 3 I think) is still going at a family member's house. The old 4 will probably be going to a friend or family member as well and I only replaced it for the 4K.

For me, I'll buy AppleCare on anything that moves around a lot or has a lot of moving parts that can wear out, etc. For a laptop or tablet for example, it might be worth it. But for something that stays put, I consider the risk minimal and would rather save the money.

Just my opinion though. It's nice to have it IF something goes wrong - it's just a matter of amount of risk you're willing to take.
Thats the thing though, this one is the first to actually include a fan. Hopefully they are reliable ones.
 

guptasa1

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Thats the thing though, this one is the first to actually include a fan. Hopefully they are reliable ones.
True. With every advancement, there's probably slightly more chance of failure since they keep getting more complex, and that is a moving part. Moving parts are a concern, but more concerning to me are things like hinges on laptops and items you tend to move around a lot as well as the parts moving themselves (in which case, this is only one). I wouldn't blame anyone for going for the AppleCare if it makes 'em feel better - I just wouldn't in this case.
 

richardamp

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I'd say no, especially for something this cheap. Apple Care is a huge money maker for Apple, so odds are not in your favor that you'll come out ahead. Warranties are best purchased when the cost of replacement / repair would put you in serious financial hardship. Otherwise, save your money and self-insure it.
 
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vertical smile

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I would agree with most other posts here and say no to Apple Care for the ATV4K.

I have owned every ATV model since the original, and only had issues with the original one, and I am pretty sure that my damaged due to me leaving a DVD case on top of it. I think the original used the top of the box as a heat sink.

All the other ones have never given me hardware issues.
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With every advancement, there's probably slightly more chance of failure since they keep getting more complex, and that is a moving part.
One could argue that using a fan is less complex and more of a regression than an advancement.

**I am not saying fans are bad.
 

Moolani

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Ironically, it is probably because of the other tech advances that the decidedly low tech fan had to be added.
 

mmm1345

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I am curious if everyone is buying Apple Care for their ATV 4k? I just purchased mine and trying to decide if I should purchase Apple Care.
I only buy insurance for expensive items. An ATV shouldn't be prone to breaking and generally if things like an ATV are going to break it's going to happen in the first 12 months which is covered by warranty.
 
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