Hi I just called Apple Care and asked about the "international coverage" of the apple care warranty. I go to school in Taiwan but want to buy a macbook or macbook pro here. I was shocked by the answer i got from the apple care guy. He told me if i had any problems he could not guarantee i would be covered abroad. He also said that any problems would require i send the computer back to America for parts and repair. I read him apple limited warranty's fine print, "If the product is portable, meaning that it can operate independently without a power cord, you may obtain warranty service worldwide. However, service will be limited to the options available in the country where service is requested." And Apple Care's not so fine print, "Convenient repair options The AppleCare Protection Plan includes up to three years of onsite service for desktop computers.* The plan also provides global repair coverage, which can be very important if you travel abroad. Apple-authorized technicians perform repairs using genuine Apple parts." I also pointed out that the AppleCare fine print states, "If the product is a Mac mini or is a portable product, meaning that it can operate independently without a power cord, Apple will provide worldwide repair or replacement service, as described below." I asked the apple care guy double check and talk to a supervisor. He came back after 5 minutes and said that if i need help abroad they may help me but there are no guarantees and that its apple's policy that the computer be shipped back to the US for repairs and parts. This means if there is a problem the customer has to wait for his computer to be sent to the US and be sent back to where ever he or she is. He said that "global coverage" just means i will not void the warranty if i travel abroad. I am really shocked. I was about to purchase my first apple but after discovering that there is no guarantee of service coverage abroad i am very nervous. Can it be i just got a bad apple guy? I can't imagine such a visionary company would treat their customers in this deceptive way. On a side note, one reason i wanted to switch to apple is i do a lot of traveling abroad and my last computer was a Toshiba with an international warranty. While in Taiwan, Toshiba wanted me to wait 3 - 6 months for a hard drive to be shipped from the US because mine was defective.