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arjun90

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Should I wait until the 60th day to add AppleCare? I noticed when adding coverage to my Mac Mini, the coverage takes effect from the day the coverage was added and not from when the system was purchased. If I wait until the last day I'll be charged annually on that month and day when the AppleCare plan was added. Any thoughts? Thanks
 

Bazza1

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Interesting question. The warranty that comes with the Mac is one year, so you are certainly covered for that period, although AppleCare+ does add the two accidental damage claims per year (albeit with what some might consider pricey deductibles), so that's a thought.

Also, there seems to be some debate as to how long after the purchase you can buy it - some of it based on country, and some based on...I dunno, the whim of Apple? 60 days seems to be the norm, but I'm also seeing reports of up to a year. Clearly some knowledgeable guidance from an Apple rep is required.

(Plus now, a renewable year-to-year Plan).

As you note, Apple's own website of the Plan says '...AppleCare+ for Mac extends your coverage from your AppleCare+ purchase date...', so you are extending the warranty to, essentially, 3 years and 60 days from date of your Mac purchase - but again, those 60 days won't be covered by the 'accidental damage' claim. If you anticipate your Mac primarily sitting on a desk, and no liquids allowed nearby for the first 60 days, then that shouldn't be an issue.

And after the initial shock of paying for a Mac, I can well understand perhaps holding off on AppleCare to allow your bank account to recover a bit.

Comes down to your comfort level, I think.
 

arjun90

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Original poster
Feb 7, 2008
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New York
Interesting question. The warranty that comes with the Mac is one year, so you are certainly covered for that period, although AppleCare+ does add the two accidental damage claims per year (albeit with what some might consider pricey deductibles), so that's a thought.

Also, there seems to be some debate as to how long after the purchase you can buy it - some of it based on country, and some based on...I dunno, the whim of Apple? 60 days seems to be the norm, but I'm also seeing reports of up to a year. Clearly some knowledgeable guidance from an Apple rep is required.

(Plus now, a renewable year-to-year Plan).

As you note, Apple's own website of the Plan says '...AppleCare+ for Mac extends your coverage from your AppleCare+ purchase date...', so you are extending the warranty to, essentially, 3 years and 60 days from date of your Mac purchase - but again, those 60 days won't be covered by the 'accidental damage' claim. If you anticipate your Mac primarily sitting on a desk, and no liquids allowed nearby for the first 60 days, then that shouldn't be an issue.

And after the initial shock of paying for a Mac, I can well understand perhaps holding off on AppleCare to allow your bank account to recover a bit.

Comes down to your comfort level, I think.
Excellent explanation, I greatly appreciate it

I had 18 days left for applying AppleCare on my Mac Mini, I just spent $35 for the annual plan. Now comes to my MB Air, that is $89 a year. I still have about 18 days for that but plan to Apple Care to it as well. My concern is the M1 chip, if the SSD fails, the whole thing fails, etc. I never added Apple Care to my 2008 Macbook Pro 15.4" and I know how fuzzy Apple Customer Service is for customers with standard one year warranty and one for customers that just went over their warranty period. Its just like a car dealership. Several years ago, I had to fight to get my logic board replaced on my MB Pro 15.4" due to a failing NVIDIA graphics card.
 
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Apple_Robert

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Excellent explanation, I greatly appreciate it

I had 18 days left for applying AppleCare on my Mac Mini, I just spent $35 for the annual plan. Now comes to my MB Air, that is $89 a year. I still have about 18 days for that but plan to Apple Care to it as well. My concern is the M1 chip, if the SSD fails, the whole thing fails, etc. I never added Apple Care to my 2008 Macbook Pro 15.4" and I know how fuzzy Apple Customer Service is for customers with standard one year warranty and one for customers that just went over their warranty period. Its just like a car dealership. Several years ago, I had to fight to get my logic board replaced on my MB Pro 15.4" due to a failing NVIDIA graphics card.
Can you afford the full out of pocket expensive if something goes wrong with the M1? If so, I wouldn't worry with AC+, unless you want peace of mind and be able to make use of good customer service etc.
 

Wackery

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I think you can get away with not having it, but if you plan to hold your mac for years or potentially resell it in a year, it makes sense to get AC+
 
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