All iPads Does AppleCare+ make any difference for warranty claims?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by sneak3, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. sneak3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2011
    Hey guys.

    I'm having a hard time deciding if I'll grab AppleCare+ or not along with my ipad.

    Not really worried about the accidental damage claims as I take real good care of my stuff and in 5 years never missed applecare.

    What I am worried however is regular warranty claims. For instance, dead or bright pixels, bad uniformity, lightbleed. I'm not so sure if apple would repair or replace the ipad under warranty in those cases or would simply imply that I'm being "picky".
    So would AppleCare+ help with that or wouldn't really make a difference?

    This is important for me as I'll be getting this as a gift so no 14-days return for me. I'd have to start a warranty claim for anything bad that I might find.
  2. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Non-accidental damage is automatically covered by standard AppleCare. The only advantage of AppleCare+ in that scenario is the additional year you get with it.
  3. sneak3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2011
    Yes Im aware. But maybe there's a secret internal guideline or just overall predisposition to make things easier for folks with applecare+.

    I'm terribly afraid of ending up stuck with a flawed device, even if I'm being picky about it.
  4. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Well, I suppose with Apple Care+, you do have the option of "accidentally" damaging the device and getting it replaced by paying the accidental damage replacement fee, if you do find a flaw that is deemed too slight to replace under regular warranty. (Cue forum morality police crying that's insurance fraud.) However, there's no guarantee that the replacement unit won't have a "too slight to replace" flaw too. For some things in life, there's no guarantee. You are just going to have to hope that your standard for flaws match the standards of Apple return/exchange inspection.
  6. DougFNJ macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    For the price we pay, its worth it to have a pretty cheap option to protect the investment.
  7. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    That has nothing to do with "morality police"; intentionally damaging your device to get a replacement _is_ fraud.

    Now can you imagine how much you will look like an idiot if the genius at the Apple Store tells you that in his opinion the damage was caused intentionally and Apple isn't going to pay.
  8. sneak3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2011
    So how would they judge if the damage was accidental or intentional? There's absolutely no way to tell. Put ipad on the edge of kitchen table. Did my mom accidentally bump on it or did I slowly push it?
  9. Aboo macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    One difference is that if you have apple care plus, the express replacement fee is waived. So if you don't like near an Apple Store and would like an advanced replacement, then the 39 dollar (I think, may have changed since I last used it) fee is waived.

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