Three Days Left - Should I get AppleCare+ for my 9.7" Pro?

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  1. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a

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    My concerns are these - the pencil potentially scratching the screen (I know plastic doesn't scratch glass, but dust can, and there are numerous threads about this), generally dropping (I only use a Smart Cover) and other hardware failures.

    Did you end up getting AC+ for your Pro? Have you gotten it for other iPads and not this one?
     
  2. jmeas macrumors regular

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    I always get apple care. It's such a huge cost when a mistake happens without it.
     
  3. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

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    I just got AppleCare yesterday best feeling ever 2 years for $100 bucks that's so generous. And if you completely smash your iPad Pro it's just a $50 deductible and you get a repair or a refurbished new one. $50 is dinner at Cheesecake Factory.

    AppleCare is a necessity period. Also Lithium Ion battery chemistry chemically degrades even if treated perfectly in 2 years what use to be 100% charge is more like 70% so. I always make sure near the end of my 2 year AppleCare to see that my devices has an accident so I can get a refurbished model with a factory fresh Lithium Ion battery and I have the Apple Store tech run a full diagnostic on the refurbished new unit. Honestly Apples refurbished units are as good as Brand new if not they may in fact give you a brand new unit if you ask nicely and get the right agent.
     
  4. James.K.Polk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome - I'll go ahead and order it tomorrow. I tend to not get it got my iPhone - $100+$70 is a little steep when I could get an iPhone 5S (or soon, probably, 6) for the same or less on Craigslist if I absolutely had to. Heck, I could live with a 4S for a few months for $50 and save the cash for the next "real" upgrade. But I think that's harder to do for iPads (and impossible for computers, I always get AppleCare for my MacBooks).
     
  5. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000

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    I always get AppleCare on my phones as I find there's so much more potential for dropping. On the other hand, I've never purchased it for my iPads. It's all about risk for me and I feel there's much less risk dropping my iPad as I keep it in a pouch and take it out to use while sitting down. As for the Pencil scratching the screen, I think it's inevitable so I've had on a screen protector since day one.

    And funny when I look back now at my family's iPhones and iPads, we've had over 25 and haven't had a problem that would have been covered by AppleCare.
     
  6. sracer macrumors 603

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    I NEVER get AppleCare for any of my devices. If I add up all of the money I've saved NOT having AppleCare for all of the devices that I bought, it would probably be close to $2000. If I add up all the times that I could've used AppleCare on ANY of those devices, the number would be "0". I use the Apple Pencil, and I've used styli before, including ones that people claimed were more prone to scratching screens, and by using common sense, I've never had an issue.

    All that to say, it all depends upon your history with you devices.
     
  7. Sheza macrumors 65816

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    Peace of mind.

    I bought it. I don't expect to use it, but have you seen the out of warranty replacement prices for the 9.7 Pro? Insane.
     
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  9. stevemiller macrumors 65816

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    I don't have a lot of hardware issues, but the ease with which Apple has addressed the few that I've had makes apple care worth it for me. They even replaced a battery on a laptop that had just gone past the 3 years for free. I don't know if regionally they are better here than other places, but I've been pleased with their hardware support so far.
     
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    I just flat-out disagree with this - never bought it, never will buy it.
     
  11. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    I've never bought it and I probably never will.
     
  12. Capt T macrumors 6502a

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    I have it for my 12.9" and mini 4. But, I am going with smart covers only and use them onsite (which is not always a safe environment). I had an issue with the Apple Pencil (bought last fall)where it would no longer take a charge. Went to the store. They asked if I had AppleCare+ on the iPad Pro, said yes, they exchanged the pencil.
     
  13. RedOrchestra Suspended

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    The store was just playing with you, your AP would have been covered under the 1-year Apple Accessory Warranty - nothing to do with your iPP AC.
     
  14. Capt T macrumors 6502a

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    The guy said it will be cover for the duration of the AppleCare+ on the iPad.
     
  15. ACG12 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, it is worth it. My 13 month old Air 2 would've cost me a lot more than $50 to fix my broken screen had I not purchased Apple Care+. I will be doing the same with my IPP 9.7
     
  16. RedOrchestra Suspended

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    Well since you got a replacement AP you would have got another year warranty which probably matches your iPP - they were still playing with you.
     
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    I've had to use AppleCare for almost every device I've owned. It's saved me thousands in repair and replacement costs.
     
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    I have always had AppleCare on my computers, and when I had iPads, my iPads, too.

    It gives me peace of mind, and means that my buying cycle is three years, for computers, as I will hold onto computers until shortly before AppleCare expires. Moreover, it has paid for itself, too.
     
  20. iPhone1 macrumors 65816

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    I always get AC+ on iPhones but rarely do I get it for iPads. I get it for my iPad Pro (12.9") because I intend to keep it for a long time and the out of warranty repair prices are steep.
     

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  21. James.K.Polk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, so thoroughly mixed results. I've never broken an iPad before but I did have to use one replacement on my iPhone 6. It's a toss up. Another reason I don't want to is that I want to (theoretically) trade my 9.7" for 12.9" and I know AC+ doesn't carry nearly $99 worth of value on the resale market...
     
  22. Capt T macrumors 6502a

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    If you are not keeping it for more than a year, then no, probably not worth it.
     
  23. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    No, it doesn't carry $99 of value on the resale value, agreed, but I daresay that there are consumers who would never buy a used Apple device that don't have AppleCare on it. It gives peace of mind.
     
  24. Tom G. macrumors 68000

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    I always get it. One service not mentioned here is the tech support that also comes with AC+. It has really come in handy at times.
     
  25. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    I bought it on my current Air but I don't know if I'd do it again on an iPad. My iPad does travel with me quite a bit but it's in a case and I'm pretty careful. So, IMO, it's not worth it on an iPad but I do feel it's worth it for a phone or a MacBook. That's my take on it.
     

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