Do you have AppleCare?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by carjakester, Jan 14, 2014.


do you have apple care?

  1. yes

    44 vote(s)
  2. no

    30 vote(s)
  1. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    simple, do you think its worth it?

    Edit: also what do you have it for
  2. Sure, Not macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2014
    Yep, and I bought it on ebay for $175 instead of the $250 Apple would have charged. I have it on my mid-2013 MacBook Air. I'm now protected until 2016 for $175, so definitely worth it for me. I suggest searching ebay. Make sure to pick a high feedback seller. No codes, original unopened box only. My seller even sent me the original receipt.
  3. carjakester thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    does it just work like buying any product, or how exactly does it get applied to your mac? i was planning on buying applecare later in my warranty period because i didn't have the money at the time.
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I have purchased Apple Care for all of my Apple products.
  5. Sure, Not macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2014
    Yes, that's exactly how it works. You buy it in a sealed retail package, inside the package is a unique code. You go to the applecare website and register the code to your Mac's serial number. That's it.
  6. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    Yep, though the only current Apple products I have that are new enough to be under Applecare are my 2011 iMac, and my iPhone 5S. The rest are 99-05 products. Well, besides my old Core 2 Mac Mini that I never use.
  7. Jnesbitt82 macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2013
    I haven't bought Apple care yet. I'm only 3 months into my purchase. I still have some time to decide.
  8. carjakester thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    definitely going to look into that once i decide to purchase. thank you.
  9. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

    Feb 8, 2007
    Mesa, AZ
    I've bought 5-6 different Apple laptops, several iPods, an Apple TV, two iPhones, and a few other products - I've never gotten AppleCare for anything. I've had to have repairs done maybe 2-3 times ever and they were always covered under the free one year warranty. :)
  10. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I have always had Applecare on computers, and on my iPad. To be honest, I never bothered with it for iPods (although when things went wrong, repairs/replacements were indeed covered under the initial one year warranty).

    Re Applecare, I have had occasion to use it on my original MBP; the Hard drive failed after about two and a half years, and was replaced without any problem. Likewise, my first MBA had a Magsafe and a keyboard replaced under Applecare. So, yes, for computers, and other high value (and high costing) devices, I am a big fan of Applecare.

    It gives me peace of mind for three years. This means that my buying cycle is not annual, but is tied into the Applecare cycle instead. Thus, I begin looking for a new computer around two and a half years after I have bought a computer (not when a new upgrade, or model) comes out.

    It also means that it is a bit easier to sell; people like the idea of being able to buy a computer with a bit of Applecare still on it, and, while it doesn't add enormously to the value, it does make selling a bit easier, should one choose to go that route.

  11. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    No, I always risk it. I'd rather put the money towards bigger capacity/RAM or just saving it up for the replacement.
  12. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Yes I have it. Currently on a iMac 27" & 2 iPad Airs. Have always had it on every Apple purchase and always will. Have only ever had to use it for one machine, but it was in for repairs 5 times. Would have cost me a small fortune had I not had Applecare. In the end the machine was replaced.

    Applecare is for peace of mind, even if you never have to use it. For me, that one time was worth all the times I had purchased it over the years and never had to use it.
  13. Seniordan macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2013
  14. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Apple Care on my Mac and my iPhone (looking back, I would still cover my Mac, but not my iPhone). The power cables for Macs fray pretty badly and Apple Care covers their replacement.
  15. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

    Feb 8, 2007
    Mesa, AZ
    This is very true. I've bought and sold many Apple laptops and one of the first questions that is always asked..."Does it have AppleCare?" It's much easier to sell any Apple product if it has some AppleCare coverage on it.
  16. Shanghaichica macrumors 604


    Apr 8, 2013
    No I've got insurance with my carrier for my iPhone and insurance with a third party insurer for my iPad.
  17. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I have purchased it on the past and I've forgone the purchase in the past. My latest laptop, I did not get the extended warranty. I'll roll the dice and see how it works out.
  18. wickedpapercut macrumors member


    Jul 17, 2005
    My answer is really yes and no.

    I bought it for my son's MacBook Pro that he used for four years in college. Best decision I could have made due to the abuse it sufferred. We had the trackpad replaced twice, the battery once, and the hinge tightened over the first three years during the AppleCare coverage. No charge for any of it.

    I did not buy AppleCare for my new MacMini in 2009 since it would be peacefully resting on my desk and not taking any physical abuse. I had one call for assistance within the first 90 days and nothing since.

    So my recommendation would be based on the way your Mac is going to be used. I'd always suggest it for mobile devices and would weigh the odds if it's a desktop machine.
  19. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I have Applecare and Applecare+ on all my devices.

    Aside from the extended warranty on the devices, I still use Tech Support a good deal, so it pays for itself in free Tach Support.

    I understand that for most folks posting here, the Tech Support is unnecessary, but it is a life saver for me.:eek:
  20. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I generally get AppleCare and have been glad to have it. I got AppleCare+ for my iPad because drops happen.

    When I bought a Mac mini for about $600 I didn't consider the $150 AppleCare worth it. Also, for my iPod touch, I didn't consider normal AppleCare worth it, I might've gotten AppleCare+ if it had been available when I got the iPod touch.
  21. jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    Never purchased it on any product, and would have been a wasted purchase on every one of them. I'd have never had a reason to use it.
  22. jsolares macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    Land of eternal Spring
    Have it on my 2013 Air mostly because it came with it (used) and the price was great :)

    Had it on my 2010 iMac because of the dust in the display problem and it's cheaper than the laptop ones, didn't have it on my 2011 Air.
  23. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Had it on my Early-2011 MBP. Luckily I did ... Keyboard failed once. Trackpad click failed three times (they kept adjusting the screw but it was never quite right. Third time they replaced with new trackpad.) Logic Board failed twice after that -- wouldn't come out of sleep, and the LB they replaced it was D.O.A.

    After the Logic Board fiasco, Apple eventually replaced it with a newer 2012 model, which was very generous of them. After my experiences, no way I'd tempt fate; I got AppleCare on this one as well. No issues so far with this one though! :D :apple:
  24. Kirsten Hollerd macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2011
    Yep, I'm a big fan of Apple Care, especially on my phone. I pride myself on babying my electronics but about 3 months in I dropped and cracked my display. I backed up, made an appointment and was out in about 20 minutes. (They were about 10 minutes late but it was crazy busy). Cost me $49. While I was in there a lady was freaking out about having to pay $200 for her replacement, claiming that the salesperson "should have tried harder to sell me AppleCare because I would have bought it if I knew it would cover this!!" :roll eyes:

    On a side note, a relative of mine got insurance through Verizon for something like 10 bucks a month ($240/ 2 years) and went through hell to get a replacement. Even with the insurance it cost like $180 to get a replacement that had little nicks and scratches all over it! She showed it to me and there was even a missing tiny screw on the bottom. My replacement was absolutely pristine.
  25. Dave Meadows macrumors 68030

    Dave Meadows

    Nov 10, 2010
    I got it for the first time on my iPhone 5S but still carry it in a case. Not sure how it works? You can get your phone replaced twice right?

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