How does Apple Care work?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zerozoneice, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. zerozoneice macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    Can i buy Apple Care support after couple of months after actually buying the iMac? What does it cover and how much does it cost?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac or Apple Display
    • You can buy AppleCare any time during the first year warranty period, so you don't have to buy it at time of purchase.
    • You can check your remaining warranty and/or AppleCare coverage here
    • AppleCare will extend the 1 year warranty for an additional 2 years, for a total of 3 years coverage from the date of your Mac purchase. It also extends telephone support from 90 days, which is included with your original warranty, to a total of 3 years.
    • AppleCare follows the device, not the owner. When a Mac changes hands, the AppleCare coverage still applies to the computer. There is no need to "register" the new owner in order to receive coverage.
    • You cannot buy AppleCare again or renew it once it expires.
    • Neither the Apple Warranty nor AppleCare will cover damage from accidents, spills, etc. They only cover manufacturing defects.
    • AppleCare+ provides some coverage for accidental damage, but is only available for the iPad and iPhone, not for Apple computers.
    • Neither the Apple Warranty nor AppleCare will cover batteries that have worn out. They only cover defective batteries.
    • You can buy AppleCare from Apple or from other sources, such as Amazon, B&H Photo Video, L.A. Computer Company and others. Exercise caution when buying from sites such as eBay, as some AppleCare offers have been scams.
    • For more detailed questions, read the AppleCare Protection Plan (pdf) agreement.
    • Apple to Update AppleCare with Subscription Service and In-Store Repair Options
    As to whether AppleCare is worth it or not, that's a matter of opinion. You'll find lots of opinions on both sides, with roughly 75% saying it's worth it. You really need to decide if it's worth it to you. If you want more information, you can search the forum, where you'll find dozens, if not hundreds of threads asking "is AppleCare worth it?" The overall consensus seems to be about 75% in favor of it.
  3. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    As long as your Mac is till under warranty, you can add AppleCare to it. It extends the phone support from 90 days to 3 years from the purchase of the Mac and it extends the warranty to 3 years total. It covers everything the warranty covers.
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    You can buy applecare any time in the first 12 months. Costs will very country to country. It gives you phone support and cover (including labour) for any defects within the first 3 years.
  5. zerozoneice thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    thx all!

    we don't have original apple stores here, but there's autorized resellers and service. I'd like to get the 1TB EVO SSD when it comes down a bit in price and replace the 1TB 5400rpm snail in my 2012 imac...

    authorized service said they'll do it, i only need to pay the labor costs, warranty will remain valid. much better than trying to open this slim piece of engineering i was thinking of getting apple care just in case, ideally before going to the service guys.
  6. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2012
    Is Applecare renewable before your original 3 yrs end?
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, you cannot renew AppleCare at all.

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