Can we transfer AppleCare+ from one device to another?

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  1. hajime macrumors 601

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    Hello, I looked at the terms and conditions. It looks like if we sell an iPad, we could transfer the ownership of AppleCare+ to that person. However, there is no mention about transferring AppleCare+ to another device owned by the same person. For example, buy AppleCare+ for an iPad PRO now and if an iPad PRO 2018 comes out later, get rid of the current iPad PRO but transfer AppleCare+ to the new iPad PRO 2018. Can this be done?
     
  2. chabig macrumors 601

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    No you can’t do that. AppleCare is an extended warranty, so it’s tied to the device for which is was purchased.
     
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks. So, if I may switch device in June or September when the 2018 version comes out, I just don't buy Apple care+ this time? I have already bought a glass screen protector and a turtleskin protective case.
     
  4. chabig, Mar 11, 2018
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    Yes, that makes sense. You’re going to be covered by the standard warranty, which will transfer to the new owner when you sell the machine. They can choose to purchase AppleCare if they want it, provided they do so before the one year standard warranty expires.

    Edit: My AppleCare advice is incorrect. Tiggrtoo corrected me later in this thread.
     
  5. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks. In general, is it a good idea to buy Apple Care+ for iPad PRO 12.9" even I have a good glass screen protector and a very protective case?

    For MBP, I always buy Apple Care and have benefited from it. I did not buy Apple Care+ for my iPhone due to the expensive cost and I already have a glass screen protector and a case for it already.
     
  6. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    The only time AppleCare doesn't follow the device, is when it has been returned. When that happens, you can get a partial refund on the AppleCare and use that money towards care for another device.
     
  7. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    Incorrect. Apple still have a 60 day window from original purchase. Last November MR reported it had been extended to a year, then issued a correction to say it was back to 60 days.

    https://www.apple.com/support/products/ipad.html
     
  8. Cobalt50 macrumors member

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    You are correct sir! i just bought a used iPad and I could not buy AppleCare for it because the orginal purchase date was too far past although it was within a year.
     
  9. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    So, I should not buy Apple Care + now and wait until the 59th days to decide? Not sure if we will know anything about the iPad PRO 2016 by then.
     
  10. Cobalt50 macrumors member

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    If you are going to wait until the 59th day then I would be absolutely sure the you and Apple are using the same date of purchase.
     
  11. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    Sir?

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    :rolleyes:
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    Its a subjective decision, many people will say that extended warranties are a waste of money. Its just for accidental damage, it also adds a year for manufacturer defects. Whether you think its a good idea or not is personal decision.
     
  13. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    I bought a MBP around 2007. It had that faulty Nvidia GPU. Around the 2.5th year, various components failed. Apple could not fixed it. After the 5th failed attempt, they decided to exchange a brand new MBP for me with slightly better specs. I have been using that MBP 2010 17" ever since then. So, for MBP, it is definitely worth it.

    Do they exchange for a brand new iPhone/iPad PRO if they fail to fix the device several times? How many times is the threshold? For MBP, it seems to be five.
     
  14. davidmartindale macrumors regular

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    Wrong. If the device is in the same product line (ie iOS to iOS device OR Mac to Mac) you can transfer the AppleCare
     
  15. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    I believe you can only do that within 30 days of the AppleCare+ purchase, though.
     

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