Should I purchase AppleCare?

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  1. amyylouise macrumors newbie

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    I am planning on buying a MacBook Pro and I intend on immediately upgrading the memory and hard drive. By doing these upgrades myself, I will save a significant amount of money than if I choose the top of the line specifications when I am ordering my MacBook Pro.

    I know AppleCare will not support these upgrades, so is there really any point in purchasing it? What other components of the MacBook Pro does AppleCare support? Is it worth the extra $379 if it won't cover the new RAM and SSD I install?
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    If you are going to open it up, then I'd say don't bother. It is useful for newbies because they get the telephone support help, but I'm guessing if you are capable of performing surgery, a newbie you are not....:D
     
  3. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    Don't buy applecare immediately, but wait on it to see if you have hardware failure (ie. logic board, battery, etc) before your 1 year is up.
     
  4. shootist macrumors regular

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    There are a lot of other components in a MBP besides the RAM and the HDD.

    Optical drive, screen, keyboard, WiFi card, battery, trackpad, power board and adapter, fans, and last but certainly not least the motherboard and all the components that are soldered to the motherboard, none of which can be changed without changing the complete motherboard.

    Not to mention the 3 years of phone support.

    If you can afford a new Mac you can afford Applecare and IMHO it is well worth the cost.
     
  5. iforbes, Mar 12, 2012
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    Buy your MacBook Pro from B&H Photo Video and you can get AppleCare for ~$95 (for the 13" MacBook Pro...not sure about 15" or 17")...no brainer.
     
  6. hafr macrumors 68030

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    Is there no form of consumer protection in North America? I mean, the Apple Care seems to be nothing but a waste of money in the EU...
     
  7. wpotere, Mar 12, 2012
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    Not really, that is why there is the ability to buy Apple Care (extended warranties). Our laws don't really protect the consumer like yours do.
     
  8. shootist macrumors regular

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    Good luck using that EU warranty at an Apple store.
     
  9. wpotere Guest

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    Many people have and have not had an issue. Are you in the UK and have you tried?
     
  10. hafr macrumors 68030

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    Wow, that really sucks for you guys. So odd it's such a huge difference between North America and the EU on this point.

    Well, I mean we do have Apple Care as well, alongside a whole bunch of other unnecessary additional insurances that are only there to be a profit for the companies and resellers.

    Why would Apple be above the law in Europe?
     
  11. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    good point but the OP like me is from Canada and Applecare will not ship to Canada from B&H
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Upgrading RAM or hard drive does not void AppleCare or your warranty, unless you damage something in the process, even though AppleCare will not cover the upgraded items. Apple even gives instructions on how to do so in the User Guide for your Mac.

    AppleCare
    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+, which provides some coverage for accidental damage, is only available for the iPhone and iPad, 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.
     
  13. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    its no different than any extended warranty

    I always ask my self when deciding to by extended warranty, "if this item dies after the first year(assuming what i buy comes with a 1 year warranty)" can i afford to just buy another one. Since the Mac holds its value pretty good and replacement would be 2K this is one of those times I will get extended warranty.
     
  14. blueroom macrumors 603

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    I have AppleCare and it paid for itself recently when the Superdrive went bad.
    Wrote about the repair in my blog.
    I had replaced my HDD with a OCZ Vertex 2 and they fixed it, all the tech said was nice SSD.
     
  15. interrobang macrumors 6502

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    You should be asking, "Can I afford to just repair it? How much would that cost me?"

    If its a display or logic board, it would likely cost more than AppleCare.
     
  16. Kazahma macrumors newbie

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    Just buy the AppleCare. You're covered for 3 more years. It's worth it.

    Your fancy little MBP with the i7 decides to fry? Replaced. Can't really beat that.
     
  17. negativzero macrumors 6502

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    Yes you should. My Mac's USB ports broke down just a few days after my 1 year. Fortunately I have AppleCare and I've made an appointment to change my logic board. I'd say AppleCare has just made back more than its worth to me now :)
     
  18. RRoku702 macrumors newbie

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    Honestly I would purchase a MBP from Best Buy. There warranty is separate from Apple but Best Buy warranty is a lot more worth it. To me anyway. Just a food for thought.
     
  19. Spink10 Suspended

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    How do you get it for $95?
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  21. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    13" $199

    15 and 17' $244

    cheaper than apple and they go on sale even lower than this from this company.

    FYI they only ship this item to the United States

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    damn you again beating me my a minute :mad:
     
  22. Spink10 Suspended

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    Exactly - this is what I had paid previously - I had just checked the website again. I doubt the $95 is legit. But if it is - let me know how :)
     
  23. iforbes macrumors 6502

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    When you put the 13" in your cart, you will see a little box that says Add AppleCare protection plan for $95.00.

    And it's legit...i just purchased both in December.
     

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  24. Spink10 Suspended

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    Awesome - I had heard when you purchase a MBP from B&H they give an even sweeter deal on AppleCare. Rereading your post I realize you said buy MBP and get AppleCare for $95 :)

    Thanks for the info.
     
  25. jogl macrumors member

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    Guys,

    Sorry to jump on this thread but as we're on topic...
    I bought my macbook pro on 05/03/11 and just realised i've missed the boat for buying apple care.

    I ordered the laptop on the above date, but didn't receive it for around 2 weeks after that date so essentially the warranty should be from the date i turned it on?

    Do you think I could still get applecare?
     

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