Is Apple Care worth it on an Apple watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by zipur, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. zipur macrumors 6502a

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    I just picked up a series 4. I never thought I needed one, it was a gimmick, fade ...
    Well I'm pretty impressed with just how useful it is! So to you long term users;. Is it worth the money to get Apple Care. I'm worried about scratches and a broken glass.
     
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    Yes I would get it . To fix one outside of warranty issues is $299 and with Apple care is $69 ( or $79?)
     
  3. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    Have you worn a watch in the past?
    If so, did it get beat up or look fairly new after a couple of years?
     
  4. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

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    I’m pretty sure body scratches aren’t actually covered - correct me if I’m wrong!
     
  5. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    No but if you really hated it you could just smash the screen. Not worth using a claim or the money but it’s your money so meh
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Yes, that’s an option, but that’s not something I would condone doing and I don’t think Apple would either. You have to remember, it’s situations like those are taken advantage of, that cost the consumer more in the long run.
     
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    Agreed. Apple specifically states they will not proved services

    "(d) to repair damage caused by reckless, abusive, willful or intentional conduct, or any use of the Covered Equipment in a manner not normal or intended by Apple;"

    Intentionally damaging it, and claiming it was an accident would be considered fraud.
     
  8. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    I never said I condone it or anything but just making a statement of an option if he so desired. I agree it’s taking advantage but it would be naive to think nobody has ever done that before ?
     
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    You’re right, many actually do take it advantage of smashing the device to have it replaced by Apple care. I just think it really shouldn’t be discussed, that way it doesn’t give the idea or concept for those who are not aware of this ‘alternative’ method. I don’t condone it, and I certainly would not tell anyone about using this form of process.
     
  10. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    Well how can you prove that it was intentional or not with no video proof or an Apple employee seeing it? If you “accidentally” dropped it at home on your hard wood or tiled floor how can you tell. I am just playing devils advocate here and just asking m a hypothetical question. By no mean do I suggest doing it or condone it but it’s possible somebody has done it before
     
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    I agree it would be difficult or impossible to prove. It just depends on an honor system I suppose.
     
  12. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    For a device that’s exposed 24/7, I didn’t hesitate for a second before getting Apple care.
     
  13. staggerlee41 macrumors 6502a

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    $79 is a small price to pay for what basically is an insurance plan on your tech. To me, it's worth the peace of mind.

    Several years ago I had some LL Bean waders used for fishing. They were leaking after 4 years of use. I contacted them and the CS encouraged me to return them. I couldn't do it, I had put 4 seasons of use on them and it just didn't seem right, despite the fact that I had the option to do so. LL Bean's guarantee was legendary, they would take literally anything back if the customer wasn't satisfied at any time and within the past couple of years they changed their guarantee because many customers took advantage of their policy.

    To your point, if Apple discovers consumers are taking advantage of their policy, you can be absolutely certain they'll pass on the increased costs to us.
     
  14. zipur, Oct 21, 2018
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    New, I have a screen protector on it,. Thinking about bumpers also.
    I've had my MacBook, iPad and iPhone all look perfect and all have some type of external cover/protector
     
  15. page3 macrumors 6502a

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    In the UK it’s £90 plus £49 excess.

    I had cover on my original Apple Watch, but at this price it isn’t such an obvious choice.
     
  16. caelius macrumors 6502

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    Didn't get it on my S0 and pretty much regretted it as it isn't that much of an additional cost, especially if you plan to use the watch for more than one year. When you're doing annual upgrades, I wouldn't mind, though.

    Regarding the "just smash it if it's scratched and get it replaced": It isn't something you should do or encourage someone else to do, but I'm pretty sure Apple already takes such things into consideration when it comes to determining a price for AC+. People probably have been doing it for as long as AC+ exists and I think that's pretty much why the "two incident" limits is in place. Long story short: it may be a dick move, but I'd be surprised if Apple doesn't calculate with such behavior.
     
  17. page3 macrumors 6502a

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    In the UK many get “gadget insurance “. It generally covers multiple devices and includes theft. For example, the insurance I have covers 10 devices as long as they were less than three years old when I took out the policy. It costs £50/year with a £50 excess.

    That’s a huge amount less than Apple Care.

    It isn’t as quick though - my son recently cracked the screen on his iPad Pro and it took about two weeks from my initial call to receiving it back repaired.

    However we cover my Apple watch, three iPhones, three iPads and two wireless headphones all for £50.

    No idea if this sort of policy is popular in the US?
     
  18. KrisLord macrumors 65832

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    For me it’s the other way around. On my S0 and S1 the watch cost around £300 and so if the worst happened I’d replace it.

    Now the S3 and S4 being more expensive each time it feels more logical to ensure a £529 device.
     
  19. BenCO macrumors member

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    In all my years of buying hardware this is the first purchase I have ever insured. This is my first watch, and it just feels super exposed. I’ve been wearing a watch my entire life and I really scratch them up good. I’m not concerned with some minor scuffing, I rather expect it, however it’s the catastrophic smash that I fear.

    That being said, I’ve never actually used such a service, so I hope it’s worth it should I actually need it!
     
  20. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    I’m the opposite. All my watches are in pristine condition, including a GShock Mudman. I still got Apple Care because I hate to be that person with a broken watch.
     
  21. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

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    With the sapphire screen it may look pretty intentional depending on how you do it - I accidentally dropped a sledgehammer on my watch - darn it!
     
  22. dstew201, Oct 21, 2018
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    YES!! Take it from me! I babied my Hermès series 3, for 10 months, not a scratch! Took it to the apple store for trade in, and dropped it on the floor cracking the screen!!!

    Can you transfer the remaining portion of coverage to new watch? I don’t normally keep watches or phones for more than a year (at most).

    It’s still functional, but was unable to get the 225 for it! Anyone interested in a slightly cracked screen (can’t really notice it), I’ll throw in the sport band! :D
     
  23. srshaw macrumors 6502

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    This is always the question with insurance. I usually buy AppleCare for more expensive Apple items (Watch/phone/computer) but not iPods etc.
     
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  25. automan98 macrumors regular

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    I agree with this approach. I have AppleCare on my Macbook Pro, but not on devices like an Apple Watch. Keep in mind that there's a fee for seeking a repair under the accidental damage. I don't judge people who get it. I get that. I'm just not one to get in on it.
     

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