Do I need Apple Care?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nevergettoride, May 23, 2012.

  1. nevergettoride macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2012
    Just purchased mac book pro 13. I am clumsy and i have 3 riotous children. I sometimes eat and drink whilst using my MBP:)

    So do I need applecare? If one of my kids sat on it or if I spilled coffee on it, would it be covered? Or is it better to put it on my home insurance?
    Could someone tell me what apple care actually covers?

    Also, I can't find the original receipt. I bought it off amazon. It'll turn up, because there's no way I would've thrown it away, but do i need it for apple care?

    Your thoughts techies please!..
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You could, but making a claim against it could raise your premium.

    Basically if an originally supplied part fails or malfunctions it is covered. Accidental damage (drops, spills, bumps) is not.
  3. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2011
    California, USA
    No, you don't really need won't cover accidental damage, only defects. My #1 rule when buying electronics is to never add an extended warranty, but I could see how it would be worthwhile with a $3000+ computer.
  4. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Do you *need* Applecare? No. But if you get the warm and fuzzy for technical support over the phone, or you can't afford a $1k replacement of something like a logic board that fails out of warranty you might want to consider it.

    And the end of the day it's a prepaid insurance policy. They're taking your money on the bet that the product lasts to the defined date without needing service, (pure profit) and you're paying $ betting that it doesn't, and guaranteeing it costs you nothing more if you're right. (you win). At the end of the day they've played the odds and out of a larger group they're still making $
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Applecare protects your computer for an extra 2 years from manufacturing defects, not from accidental damage. While I think its a good idea to have for laptops, since any repair of a laptop will far exceed the cost of the AC, it won't help you if you spill liquid or drop the laptop.
  6. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    To protect from spills, just buy one of those silicon keyboard covers. I found it was nowhere near as annoying as I thought it would be.

    I find I usually wind up buying AppleCare for "peace of mind," but I have never had a problem with a defect (yet, knock on the proverbial wood). I'm old-fashioned, every piece of electronic equipment I buy, I "burn-in" for 24 hours a day, for the first month. I figure if it doesn't die the first 4 weeks of that, then it will be good to go for 3 years or more.

    My belief (call me paranoid): with all the manufacturing know-how, and the near ubiquity of Apple Stores for repairs, databases, and ability to track stuff, companies like Apple and its suppliers have each part engineered to last precisely about 3 or 4 more, no less.
  7. nevergettoride thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2012
    Now that's an interesting slant.
  8. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    I realize that you already bought it, but for future purchases, some places offer extended warranties that cover accidental damage. I know that OfficeMax (which doesn't sell Macs, so kind of useless) does, but I'm sure that Best Buy as well as other places like that offer similar things.
  9. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    This is true to an extent. Each component has an expected life. I don't think however that Apple will avoid using a product because it lasts more then 3-4. Aluminium is super durable however the moving components especially in the macbooks take a beating.
  10. wickedpapercut macrumors member


    Jul 17, 2005
    I bought AppleCare for my son's new MacBook Pro three years ago as he was heading off for college. So far he's had a battery replaced, trackpad replaced, and hinges tightened for no charge. The battery normally isn't considered a warranty replacement but this one was deemed to be a faulty part (I didn't argue with the "genius").

    For laptops, I'm a fan of AppleCare. I don't know if I'd buy it for a desktop. As for any other extended warranty -- never!
  11. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    You didn't say how you purchased the MBP. If you bought it with a credit card, you might be covered on the card's extended warranty program. Some cards have accidental damage as well ... although I'm not sure if those programs are still around.
  12. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
    I bought Applecare when I got my 1st gen unibody MBP in 2008, I used it 5 times, 3 mainboard failures, one screen failure and one battery failure, it was definitely worth the small extra cost.

    Just saying ;)

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