Knowing lots of you are buying new Macbooks at the moment, and reading conflicting signals from MR members, I would just like to add my 2 cents. I have a mid 2007 MacBook Pro 15". In November the logic board went. I used the opportunity to also get a screen replacement because of stains in the backlight coating. So that was Nov 2009, new logic board, new screen (actually complete lid assembly). Cost... 0,00£ Soon after the repair I noticed crazy backlight bleed and bad colour depth (banding). So planned to take it back in. Added to that one of the fans started to make noise and my superdrive failed to burn any media. It took some time for me to go back to the local Apple care centre. I did that a week ago. The Macbook is now ready. New screen, new fan, new super drive. Cost 0,00£ There are few components left from my original purchase. Maybe a premature post as I am picking it up later today. But just wanted to show how much you can benefit from Aplecare. Although Macs are gorgeous and very nice to work with, they have issues like any other manufacturer. To be honest I never had any Hardware issues during 10 years of using Thinkpads. But then I know others with different experiences. Applecare makes it all good.