Is it better to buy Apple Care for IPP 12.9" 2017?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by hajime, Jun 6, 2018.

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Apple Care for iPad PRO

  1. Bought it and glad I did it for servicing

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  2. Bought it and regret getting it as the device is fine

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  3. Did not buy it and has no issue with the device

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  4. Did not buy it and regret not getting it as servicing was needed

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  1. hajime macrumors 601

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    Hello, when I bought the IPP 12.9 2017 WiFi version, the Apple employee "highly recommended" me to buy Apple Care. Is it actually better to buy it?
     
  2. mofunk macrumors 68020

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    Apple Care is an extended warrantee which gives you 3yrs of coverage. If you want it, buy it. Its a good deal. Its like $0.13 per day.
     
  3. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    My personal rule of thumb is that if the device I am purchasing (iPhone, iPad, an Apple notebook) is going to be something which I will be carrying around and using not only at home but outside my home, and will be accompanying me not just around town but also on trips significantly away from home, the cost of AppleCare Plus is built into my purchase planning. It just provides peace of mind, and for me that is worth it.
     
  4. aakshey macrumors 65816

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    Total 2 years from date of purchase. Not 3 years.

    Must buy though.
     
  5. sracer macrumors 604

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    It depends. How prone are you to dropping/damaging your devices?

    With all of the Apple products that I've purchased over the past 12 years (a dozen macbooks/Pro/Air, 2 iMacs, 8 iPads, 5 iPod Touches, 4 iPod Nanos, 6 iPhones, 2 Apple TVs), I never bought AppleCare. In all that time, I never had a need where I could use it. I've saved a TON of money by not buying AppleCare.

    But having said that, you need to do what makes you feel secure.
     
  6. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Usually I am very careful. For tablets and phones, always have the protective case and glass screen protector. Being that, usually I drop my phone about 3 times/year. I only dropped by Samsung 12.2" tablet once by accident. The protector felt off and the tablet was bent.

    The Apple guy said that dropping is not protected under warranty and if an accident happen to my device, it would cost about $700? so $100 worth of Apple Care is a good investment.
     
  7. sracer macrumors 604

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    ...and if it gives you peace of mind.. then thumpsup.gif
     
  8. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Does it really cost hundreds of dollars to fix the screen due to accident caused by the user? How about the screen failed to function without dropping. How much would it cost to fix it?
     
  9. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    Apple will have a generic service price somewhere on their website. A screen repair is probably rather expensive but on the other hand I never broke one either. Haven’t purchased Applecare ever and it worked out fine for me.
     
  10. aakshey macrumors 65816

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    They don’t repair. They just give you a refurb one. In USA it is USD 599.
     
  11. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    This is shi*ty. Is this common practice? If the screen is broken, they give you a refurb one?
     
  12. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    That’s pretty common practice. Would you prefer to wait for multiple hours and then get the old device back, including potentially worn out screws or other components?

    A refurbished device looks like a brand new device and will be in better shape than most of the customer devices it gets swapped against.
     
  13. aakshey macrumors 65816

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    Apple had to replace my iPad’s battery. They said they don’t open iPads. They gave me refurb ones.
     
  14. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    Wow! MS told me that if there is anything wrong with the Surface Book, they don't repair but they would just give me a new one.
     
  15. IPadNParadise macrumors 6502

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    If that is true (not saying it isn’t), the refurbishment would be new ones that got returned, checked out and still work fine, right? I.E., not repaired refurbished!
     
  16. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

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    I would rather buy a brand new one.
     
  17. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    Apple also replaces the chassis and installs a new battery.
     
  18. Johnny365 macrumors 6502

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    I just bought Applecare+ for my iPad Pro 10.5. Mainly for peace of mind and since it's larger than what I'm used to (from iPad Mini), I don't have to worry too much about dropping it. First time getting AC too.

    Also, it's good for resale value if I end up selling the 10.5 in the future.
     
  19. mofunk macrumors 68020

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    Thanks I thought I was wrong. I was probably thinking MBP.
     
  20. pika2000 macrumors 601

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    When I bought my 10.5 pro, the Apple employee didn't even bother offering it. I have to ask for it. She said hardly anybody is getting Applecare for iPads so she doesn't usually recommend people to get one. However, I have had great experiences so far with Applecare on my other Apple devices. Considering how tightly these electronics are packed these days, I will always consider Applecare as part of the cost of the device. I just wish Apple extend the AC for iDevices to three years (just like on the Macs), at least for iPads.
     

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