Is Applecare worth it?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Yogakun, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Yogakun macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2010
    I usually never get extended warranties for my PC, as replacing parts is relatively inexpensive. I consider my Imac an investment, and would like to utilize it for a long period of time, (3-4) years depending. I have a few days before my one-year apple warranty expires and I was wondering if it's a good idea to extend it before my chance expires? I assume once the warranty is over, fixing a unibody mac would become expensive from service repairs, diagnosis and replacements.
  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.
    • 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.
    • For more detailed questions, read the AppleCare Protection Plan (pdf) agreement.

    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. Yogakun thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2010
    I agree, I've read over the threads and I have done searches. Most of them pertaining to the apple's portable electronics. Considering spills or accidents are not covered, I'm not concerned with that, as it's nearly impossible to do that to a desktop. I'm more concerned about failed electronics, that are covered under warranty. Replacing that is expensive.
  4. Primus84 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2005
    Considering how hard the iMac is to work on, I'd say it's worth it.
  5. Yogakun thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2010
    Considering I'm a student, I also get $60.00 off. I just phoned in to inquire about that. Yes, I will purchase it.
  6. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    IMO a good choice. It's better to have piece of mind.

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