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gregpod9

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I recently purchased an iPad mini 6 without AppleCare+. I'm planning to keep it for a year. I would like to know if AppleCare+ is worth purchasing on the iPad mini 6?
 

rui no onna

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I recently purchased an iPad mini 6 without AppleCare+. I'm planning to keep it for a year. I would like to know if AppleCare+ is worth purchasing on the iPad mini 6?

1. What’s the likelihood of accidental damage during that period?
2. If it gets damaged, do you absolutely need to replace it or can you go without?
3. If you absolutely need to replace, how willing will you be to spend the $349-399 out of warranty repair cost?

For something I know for sure I’ll only keep within the warranty period and isn’t high priority, I wouldn’t bother with AC+.

Now the iPhone, I always get AC+ for Express Replacement Service. I don’t use it much but it’s a critical device for me.
 

glenthompson

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Apr 27, 2011
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If you're only keeping it for a year the warranty extension part won't be worth it expect for possibly increasing resale value. How careful are you with such devices? Would you expect to need the damage protection part of AppleCare+?

My wife's AppleCare+ paid for itself when there was a problem with the charging port on her just under 2 year old iPad Pro.
 

Username-already-in-use

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It’s also worth seeing if it would already be covered under an existing policy.

My iPads are covered in my home content insurance.

Some credit cards will cover you if you purchased the item with their card.
 
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RRC

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For what it costs monthly on the iPad mini, it’s a no brainier to me but then I also have AppleCare on all my Apple products for peace of mind.
 
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7thson

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Individual use cases make this a very personal decision. Is it likely to leave the house? Do you have a tendency to drop stuff? Will a child have access to the iPad? Are you going to put it in a case? Lots of variables to consider.
I’ll second that it’s worth noting that if you purchased it with a credit card, then it’s possible it may offer an extended warranty as a benefit. My Costco Citi card and Amazon Chase cards both do.
Also worth noting, if you pay in full for AC+, you can cancel it at any time and get refunded the balance.
 

rui no onna

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Individual use cases make this a very personal decision. Is it likely to leave the house? Do you have a tendency to drop stuff? Will a child have access to the iPad? Are you going to put it in a case? Lots of variables to consider.
I’ll second that it’s worth noting that if you purchased it with a credit card, then it’s possible it may offer an extended warranty as a benefit. My Costco Citi card and Amazon Chase cards both do.
Also worth noting, if you pay in full for AC+, you can cancel it at any time and get refunded the balance.

The extended warranty via credit card wouldn’t even matter since OP mentioned he’s only keeping for one year (so covered by regular warranty). Really, the only concern is accidental damage.

It’s more expensive than paying for the 2-year AC+ but Apple also offers monthly AC+ on the iPad mini for $3.49/mo.
 

wmadan

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If you pay for AppleCare+ upfront and not go the monthly fee route, when you get rid of the iPad in 1 year you can call Apple and get refunded for the unused premium.
 

Student of Life

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If im buying an iPad second hand or any Apple product, I make sure it has Apple Care. Im mentioning this because you only plan to keep the product for a year. That means you are either selling/trading it or giving it away to a friend/relative.
 

LogicalApex

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Worth it?

That’s a question only you can answer.

Does the things it brings to the table seem worth it for you?

I don’t mean to sound a bit excessive. But some people never have accidental damage and some people break their devices every week. Some people can’t weather buying a new iPad or paying for an out of warranty repair. Some will just use the failure to pick up a newer iPad next year.

Etc.
 

DeepSix

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Unless you’re intentionally throwing your mini 6 around like a frisbee and hucking it down the stairs over and over again, AppleCare is a waste. It’s called being careful.
 
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skardvin

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Unless you’re intentionally throwing your mini 6 around like a frisbee and hucking it down the stairs over and over again, AppleCare is a waste. It’s called being careful.
Darn it...I guess that means I need to buy AC. ;)
 

Ludatyk

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May 27, 2012
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I don't have a iPad Mini, but I have an iPad Pro... if you tend to travel with your iPad (like me) then perhaps having AC would be worth it.
 

ericwn

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The benefits are well known, but only you can determine if that represents enough value for you to purchase it. For me it does, so I buy it with my iPads these days.
 

Ram65

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I recently purchased an iPad mini 6 without AppleCare+. I'm planning to keep it for a year. I would like to know if AppleCare+ is worth purchasing on the iPad mini 6?
Save your money you dont need applecare
 
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Apple_Robert

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In the middle of several books.
I wouldn't bother on the mini 6. It really isn't that expensive to begin with. Put aside some money every month for an Apple emergency fund. Hopefully, you will never need it. If we were talking about a Mac, things would be different for most people.
 

i4k20c

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I chose not too so far with my base iPad. AppleCare + deductible is only $70 cheaper than a non AppleCare replacement. My iPad stays at home also in the case so I am not too worried about it but if you are traveling a lot with it - might be a different scenario.
 
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