so now that the keyboard issue is done ... applecare?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MAcNIAC, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. MAcNIAC macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2006
    would you still recommend applecare for a mbp?
  2. Voenix Rising macrumors member

    Voenix Rising

    May 1, 2013
    Yes. QC at Apple has become so abysmal I'd never buy a new machine without it. I've owned Macs where I never needed it at all, needed it for a battery replacement, and most recently THREE trips to get these frigging keyboards replaced.
  3. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Look at it this way: according to all studies so far, expected failure rates for premium-class laptops is somewhere around 10% within two years of ownership, which grows to 20% or more after three years. Personally, I try to avoid owning expensive fragile electronics that is not covered by warranty. In the end, it’s a gamble.
  4. MrGunnyPT macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2017
    Depends on how you treat your things at the end of the day... But with the amount of motherboard issues I would still recommend getting it tbh
  5. SteveJUAE macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    If you renew your MBP every 18-30 months then easier sale and possibility of getting some extra back sways it more to the yes side else it's a risk and more probable after 3 years the savings of not getting AC pays towards possible repairs
  6. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon


    Personally, I have never bought an Apple computer without Applecare, and I have found that it usually pays for itself.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Yes, because the fact remains any repair of the MBP is going to exceed the cost of AC.
  8. Schranke macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    It depends, I would look into my current insurance policies and see what coverage of electronics I have.
    Personally I have decided not to have applecare as my insurance covers electronics for 3 years, this includes camera, phones, television and so on. This is by fare the cheaper solution for me, even when I have to pay a little risk premium should the accident happen.

    It has become an increasingly profitable business for stores to sell insurance on electronics as many people forget and never need it + many are covered in their home insurance.

    So before getting applecare you should look into what you have and what you can get
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its always been that way, I used to work for a computer store back in the day (I'm talking eons, back when the 386 was king) and extended warranties were nearly all profit.

    I will say that for peace of mind, the cost is rather small for AC, so many times I do opt for it. I don't have any special riders on my insurance, and tbh, I'd rather not increase the cost of my premiums if I had to file a claim with my insurance. I pay enough $$ because I'm on the coast, so insurance is pricey enough has it is.
  10. Schranke macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I think the main thing to take from this is that AC is a good peace of mind in many cases, especially because the insurance market differes a lot between countries.
    In OP's case I do agree that applecare would provide peace of mind, especially because I have no idea about insurance in australia.
  11. rotlex macrumors 6502a

    May 1, 2003
    Really depends on the person and experience. I am 100% anti any extended warranty and never purchase them. In the end, if I had to replace an entire laptop or desktop computer, I've saved thousands anyway by not buying the extended warranty on dozens of past products.

    Look at it this way. Most companies and salesmen earn more profit and commission off of warranty extensions than the product itself. Years ago when I sold electronics\appliances and cars at one point, I'd make more commission on a $100 warranty than a $1500 TV.

    If they were such a good deal they wouldn't ask you if you want it on every single purchase.
  12. Fishrrman, Jun 23, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2018

    Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    The keyboard is now covered for 4 years (KeyGate™).
    The display is also covered (StainGate).

    With -both- of the major fail points covered, I'd forego AppleCare.
    But that's just me.

    We're going to see posts from folks who say, to wit: "the keyboard is now fixed!".
    It's not "fixed". It's the same defective keyboard as before.
    The difference is that now, when it fails, THEY pay for the repair.
    But they're probably putting the exact same keyboards back in.
    Same "solution" as they had for RadeonGate...
  13. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    It's quite possible that the GPU chip packaging procedure was modified to prevent future premature failures (perhaps by replacing the underfill material or such.) I'm not a lawyer, but it doesn't sound like a legally sound strategy to knowingly put faulty components back into a device being repaired for said components being faulty... :)
  14. comptr macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2007
    I would still get apple care +. I have benefited way more then if I did not get apple care.
  15. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Yep. I have Applecare on my 2015 MBP. GPU and display issues can happen on any system.
  16. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040


    Mar 19, 2008
    Might be worth having simply for resale value and attractiveness.

    It brings a lot of peace of mind to potential buyers I’ve found, especially if selling locally.
  17. burgman macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2013
    Then your recommendation makes no sense, keyboards now free, Battery replacement $199 at Apple, so why do you think someone needs it?. Only big thing left is accidental damage which is covered up to $299 replacement cost.
  18. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    I still feel great having AC for another 1.5 years

    dont regret it for peace of mind

    wish AC+ was an option when I got this laptop, but AC is better than nada.
  19. MAcNIAC thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2006
    in australia we get a 1 year warranty, but I will get a further 1 year free insurance by paying with my visa card.
    applecare would give me 3 years total, rather than 2.

    it's a gamble - like all insurance policies, but with staingate and the keyboard issue sorted - it does shift the odds a bit

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