To Apple Care, or Not to Apple Care

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Jacc Sparrow, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. Jacc Sparrow macrumors regular

    Jacc Sparrow

    Jun 15, 2009
    Brooklyn Nyc
    So I ordered my watch on 4/10 and I didnt get apple care. I still dont have my watch but I was thinking about purchasing apple care. I currently dont have it on my watch, Iphone or new MacBook air. But it seems to me like a watch might be something i should get it for.

    if you purchased apple care do you mind chiming is as to the PERSONAL reason why you got it? are you clumsy? Perhaps you have small kids. I just wanted to know.

  2. DavidLynch macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2015
    I got the AppleCare+ on my 38mm Sport. I spend a lot of time outdoors and it's piece of mind. I also have a cat that has expensive taste in toys.
  3. My Name is URL macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2013
    I've been debating this the last couple of days too. I think I might go for it.
  4. spampy22 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2009
  5. Salinger macrumors member


    Apr 21, 2015
    Toronto, ON
    With so much tech crammed inside such a small space, I think Apple Care might be a wise investment. Not to mention, a watch, by nature of it being worn, is more likely to experience accidental damage than some other products.
  6. Technodynamic macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
    I wasn't going to until it was out for delivery, then I changed my mind...

    Apple Care covers the band as well, I got the milanese loop so that was a plus.

    It's a first gen device... you never know.

    It's a wearable and I can see more things happening here compared to my other Apple tech (macbook, phone, etc)
  7. Jacc Sparrow thread starter macrumors regular

    Jacc Sparrow

    Jun 15, 2009
    Brooklyn Nyc

    This is the answer i like LOL.cats can be pretty destructive huh ?

    see i have 2 kids (7 & 2) they both have tablets and seem to be doing ok. But i guess with something THIS small. i should get it .
  8. mrboba1 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    I've never gotten it before either, but this time I did. I figure having the 2 year service for a Gen 1 model was a good idea for something that would be with me all the time.
  9. susan12369 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2015
    I went for it. I don't have it on anything else, but I figured this is an expensive watch *on my wrist* which is prone to bumping into things periodically, and the cost of Apple Care + compared to the cost of replacing the watch is so small, that it made sense for me.

    I didn't purchase it when I purchased the watch (I wasn't thinking clearly at 3:01 AM), but was able to add it to my order once my watch had shipped and my s/n was visible in my support profile - but before I had received my watch. I called Apple Care and gave them my s/n and processed the purchase so it was all set before I received it. I had heard conflicting reports about having to go into a store to add it after receiving the watch, and wanted to avoid that.

    I don't know if I'll use it, but it seemed like a small price to pay for some piece of mind.
  10. MacMePls macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2010
    Thanks for good info. I just called and added it...never had it or needed it before, but combo of higher risk and 1st Gen, $69 (apple watch) seemed reasonable for 2 yrs peace of mind....
  11. adammull macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    I don't understand the "on my wrist it will get broken" argument. I drop my iPhone way more than I'll ever damage something strapped to my wrist.

    As far as bumping into things that's just par for the course with watches, but I've never broken one. Do you people work in brick factories? :cool::p
  12. greytmom macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    I haven't yet, but planning to this weekend. Mainly for the clutz factor.
  13. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2013
    I would get it. Accidents do happen and I would rather pay $69 instead of $229 to get my Sport replaced.
  14. Denmac1 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2007
    Lost in Space
    New product. I haven't bought Applecare since my first iPhone.
    This, however, is different to me. I know that the SS can get marks & scratches, but good polish and the right cloths will take care of that.
    I'm more concerned about the internals and the shock they may or not take. With that said, I am very careful with my iProducts and treat them accordingly.
    Small investment for the first go around in a new product category.
  15. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    Don't get AppleCare.

    Pay it with your credit card that offers "Extended Warranty".

    An additional year for free.

    After 2 years... well, time to buy the 2nd generation watch and the money saved from AppleCare can go towards that.
  16. adammull macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
  17. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    I agree. It's tethered to your wrist so you eliminate the risk of dropping it like an iPhone and it's IPX7 water resistant so water ingress due to a defect will be covered by the standard warranty and the CC extended warranty in the 2nd year.
  18. Z.childers, Apr 27, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015

    Z.childers macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2012
    Get the AppleCare+. CC 'Extended Warranties' are not the same as an Apple warranty. A technician will type in the serial number, not see AppleCare+, and it will immediately be an out-of-warranty service conversation in an Apple Store. After which, to use that "free" extended warranty, it will be a lot of red tape/fine print and/or require shipping out to a random third party company designated by the CC to get it fixed. None of these parts will be Apple authorized and the deductible will vary (meaning Apple technicians won't be able to touch it ever again down the road--imagine if there is a recall or other issues).

    AppleCare+ is as much about certified service as it is convenience, and since it applies to everything in the box as well (charger and bands) it's a no-brainer. That :apple:Tax we all know and love is Apple selling an experience, and your experience is only better when the company making your product is the one who is covering you.

    Put simply: No CC company adds to APPLE coverage; they all have their own solution. Your normal 1-year manufacturer warranty through Apple ends after 1 year with the ONLY exception being AppleCare+
  19. jediuia macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
    New device, they could all explode in 6 months for all we know. Even apple doesn't know since they haven't been around but a few weeks. the first one we saw actually worn was on the apple event announcing the pre order date?

    Get the apple care
  20. zmunkz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2007
    Wait... I reject your grammar. You say you don't understand the argument, but then you say that damage to a watch is "par for the course"...?

    Unless you are stuck on the word "broken"? I am not worried about smashing it to pieces on my wrist, just banging it against things until its scratched and bruised. AppleCare covers 2 incidental replacements of that sort, which is why I am going for it.
  21. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Yes get it it covers accidental damage 2 times I believe ?
    So if you break your watch by accident you can get a new one for $69 instead of $400

    AppleCare is only $50 for the sport
  22. Q Bert macrumors regular

    Q Bert

    Mar 7, 2011
    Chicago Burbs
    Went to the Apple Store yesterday to add AC+ and paid using Apple Pay on my watch. Works like a charm :cool:
  23. makotoisle macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2012
    This is not true. Once upon a time, I accidently dropped my iPhone 5S into some water, just 89 days after purchase (which caused it to fail). I took it to the Apple Store and paid the out-of-warranty repair fee.

    Upon returning home, I called American Express, sent them a copy of the receipt for the repairs, and they refunded the cost replacement. Super easy.
  24. psylence2k macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2012
    How long after buying the watch do you have to add Apple Care + ?

    and if you return the watch within the 14 day period I assume you get the Apple Care + refunded as well ?
  25. CharlieCat666 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2015
    Minneapolis, MN
    Eh, I got it.

    For something I'll be wearing all the time, I think there's a bit more chance something will go wrong.

    Plus if I decide to shower with the watch, I'll have a bit more peace of mind :cool:

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