Is AppleCare+ a good deal for the Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by yalag, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. yalag macrumors 65816

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    Is AppleCare+ a good deal for the Watch? What exactly am I getting for paying the money?

    It's not like I will drop these things, it's not an iPhone. So the only damage to it are two cases.

    1) Water damage
    2) Scratches

    Neither of them is covered by Applecare anyway. Am I missing anything?
     
  2. Technodynamic macrumors 6502

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    It's a gen 1 device, so there is some extra risk. You may bang the watch into things since you wear it. AC is like $50 or $70 depending on sport or SS. I'll prob end up getting it.
     
  3. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well here's what I'm not sure, if you bang it against a wall and it's dented/scratched. Is it covered by applecare?

    Because for example, that's not how applecare works with computers. You can bang it all you want but they don't cover anything.
     
  4. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Depends how much ur out of warranty cost are vs apple care (plus deductible). $49 plus $69 for Apple Sport Watch
    $69 plus $79 deductible for Apple Watch.

    So the way I look at it is. It's going to cost me $118 to replace Apple Sport watch (which costs me $349).

    Vs paying $229 for out of warranty cost for Apple sport watch

    http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/10/apple-watch-out-of-warranty-express-replacement/

    But my chances of needing an out of warranty repair......thAts wwhT you gotta decide.

    In my opinion I do not think it's worth it (for me) to get extended warranty for Apple Watch Sport.

    The more expensive the watch, the more I think it's worth it.

    Like my $2500 iMac is worth getting the $120 Apple care 3 year warranty.

    But my $1200 MacBook Air isn't worth getting the (I think $229 Apple Care).
     
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    That's not how AC+ works with iDevices either as scratches/dents that do not otherwise affect their functionality aren't covered (read the AC+ terms and conditions).

    Water damage will be covered under the standard warranty as it's IPX7 water resistant, unless you do something foolish like take it diving (outside the scope of the IPX7 rating).

    Basically it's a bad deal as you can easily double the standard warranty using an Amex card or equivalent.
     
  6. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020

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    Divide the cost by two. It's $25 per year when you think about it. You spend more on one meal and drinks out with friends, and usually crap it out the same night, sometimes a little faster if the food was poorly prepared.

    I say buy it.

    Also, within the two years, if you want to sell it off your WATCH, it does make a difference to prospective buyers, knowing their purchase is still covered under warranty.
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Experienced sellers will tell you that most buyers opt not to take AC+ and they end up canceling AC+ and getting their prorated refund, so it's mostly for the sellers' peace of mind.
     
  8. JoJack82 macrumors regular

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    You can cancel AC+ and get a refund? I didn't know that.
     
  9. bigdog5142 macrumors 6502a

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    That's NOT what I've been told by Apple reps in the stores. If I want to pay the deductible...I can get a replacement. Two times in two years...
     
  10. bbeagle macrumors 68040

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    Here are some things that might happen that are covered under Apple Care +

    1) You bang the digital crown on something, now it doesn't spin correctly.
    2) You shatter the screen by dropping your watch as you're changing your watch bands
    3) One of the buttons (digital crown or side button) doesn't click properly anymore. Had this happen on an iPhone 4 - sleep button stopped working after 1 1/2 years.
    4) the hardware (taptic sensor, heartbeat sensor, speaker, force touch) doesn't work properly anymore after a year.
    5) attachment for watch bands gunked up, and cannot remove watch bands easily.

    Might be tons of small things to go wrong.

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    Nope. Got to be something wrong with it covered under the warranty. Read the warranty.

    BUT, say you you have dents/scratches you don't like. You can simply 'accidentally' run the watch over with your car / 'accidentally' drop it out a window onto concrete, 'accidentally' put it into a vise and squeeze, and if the screen smashes, then get a new one with a deductible.
     
  11. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Suggesting that people commit fraud reflects really well on you.

    And we wonder why they jacked up the AC+ deductibles and OOW replacement prices for the iPhone.
     
  12. co.ag.2005 macrumors 65816

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    I'm curious to go with SqureTrade's smartwatch insurance for $80 (for SG Sport). From what I've read, there's no deductible with ST Watch Warranty (trying to find where I read that before).

    Anyone else know anything about their watch warranty? I've used them with phones in the past with great results.

    http://www.squaretrade.com/smartwatch-warranty
     
  13. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes, those are great examples of what could happen. My question to you is which of those 5 items are covered without apple care already. And which is added because of apple care?

    I just want to know what I get for my money.
     
  14. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

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    There's a one year apple care on it right?
    So get it if you don't plan on updating to gen2 :apple: watch :D
     
  15. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    All but #2 (shattered screen) are covered under the standard warranty as well as the CC's extended warranty in the 2nd year.
     
  16. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Right so if I don't ever crack my screen, I shouldn't buy apple care lol
     
  17. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Yes, as long as you haven't used one of the two accidental damage incidents.

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    That's NOT per AC+ policy. Some managers might allow that but others are more strict. There are even shady Geniuses who tell you to deliberately damage it if you want a replacement, but you don't have to stoop to their level and they couldn't care less if Apple jacks up AC+ deductible as a result of too many people doing it (which has happened with the iPhone).
     
  18. Blackstick macrumors 6502

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    Scratches and wear encountered from typical daily use are not covered by AppleCare or the warranty. When I was a genius I did "let" folks use one of their two paid incidents to "remedy" scratches on their devices, but this was NOT the policy.
     
  19. jonhlutke macrumors member

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    I got it for mine, it's a no brainer for a 800 dollar watch. Prolly gonna damage it on purpose and replace it, then sell the refurb device to upgrade to next watch.
     
  20. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Thank you for indirectly contributing to Apple's jacking up the AC+ deductible and not caring as you still get to keep your job. Remember AC+ isn't priced for no question asked replacements and would have been more costly if it were policy.
     
  21. Bigserver1 macrumors regular

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    I buy applecare+ for iPhones, and that's it.

    Laptops, iPads and the watch I skip it. I don't think it justifies the cost, but that's just me.
     
  22. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    So you plan to commit fraud and make AC+ more expensive for the rest of us. Nice.
     
  23. jonhlutke macrumors member

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    how is it fraud to use my apple care plan to replace my property? No shame in using the plan I PAY for with my own money. Is it wrong to use insurance to repair a car before you sell it?
     
  24. seatton, Apr 21, 2015
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    Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't credit card companies supposed to cover that kind of extended warranty for another year when you use their card to purchase Apple Watch? I have used my VISA and I know AMEX card is the same way.
     
  25. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Wrong, the equivalent is crashing a car and collecting the insurance money. That's exactly what you're doing in deliberately damaging the Watch before you sell it.
     

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