When should I get AppleCare?

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  1. iPad Retina macrumors 6502a

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    Hi have a macbook pro retina with the dedicated graphics card mid 2015, should I get AppleCare? Is it better to get it when its just about to end, justt incase you ever spill something?. First time i would ever get Applecare
     
  2. ArmCortexA8 macrumors 6502a

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    If you live in a country that values consumer law and consumer rights like Australia, AppleCare is not required as this is supplied as normal without it.
     
  3. Brandon0448 macrumors 6502

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    Never, it's like an extended warranty for your car. Why pay for a repair you will most likely never need? Just be careful.
     
  4. justywusty macrumors regular

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    I got AppleCare for my 2011 MacBook Air and had to use it when the display died, which would have cost me $550 or so to fix. So...I was up. Could have been down the price of AppleCare, but it worked in my favour.

    It's been the same for me and my iPhone...AppleCare has paid for itself many times as I've had to get mine fixed.
     
  5. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Remember that AppleCare for Macs doesn't cover accidental damage.
     
  6. CE3 macrumors 6502a

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    AppleCare for Mac isn't going to cover accidental damage from drops & spills. If you want an extended ADH warranty you'll need to purchase from third-party like SquareTrade within 30 days of purchasing the MacBook from an authorized dealer.

    AppleCare covers hardware failures only, as does your warranty for the first year. If you're undecided right now, I see no reason to jump and purchase a plan. See how most of the first year goes with your new machine, set calendar reminder before the warranty expires (if you think you'll forget) and decide then.
     
  7. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    I wouldn't get AppleCare since it doesn't cover accidental damages (liquid spills, drops, etc.).
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If you want to. Most extended warranties are not worth it. I'm on the fence about AppleCare. I've bought it on one of my Macs but none of the others.

    Anytime before the one year warranty expires.
     
  9. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    Home/Renters Insurance may cover accidental spills/damage as mine does. As others have pointed out, AppleCare does not.
     
  10. akash.nu macrumors 68000

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    Apple care is completely worth it on macs and iPhones.

    I've got my whole external shell replaced on this Mac and on the previous one had hard disk, motherboard and the whole shell replaced as well.

    On an iPhone, if you're gonna keep it for at least 2 years then chances of a broken screen is high, couple that up with a battery replacement towards the end of the 2nd year and you've recouped more than enough for it.

    If not anything, the peace of mind I get from it is worth it.
     
  11. Brientim macrumors newbie

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    AppleCare... Apple's way of stating the reliability of their systems are questionable and they want to pass the liability on to the consumer albeit upfront with AppleCare or later when failures occur. Otherwise, if they had confidence, this would just be standard warranty.
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    Apple care extends the one year warranty and gives you two more years from your date of purchase, so it doesn't matter if you buy/activate it on the day you get the computer or the 364th day. The expiration date will remain the same.

    If you search around, both Amazon and BH Video have excellent deals on applecare.

    You'll get a mix of opinions regarding the worth of Applecare, it is after all an extended warranty and those typically are not worth the cost. With that said, if something goes wrong with your laptop in year 2 or 3, it will definitely be more money then the applecare coverage.

    I've purchased AC inconsistently through the years, some times, I did buy it with my Macs, sometimes I didn't. If anything it offers a peace of mind that you know your very expensive computer will have a warranty on it, for a full 3 years.
     
  13. akash.nu macrumors 68000

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    You do know every manufacturer has to have a year long standard warranty yeah?! Just saying...
     
  14. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    AppleCare is a warranty, not an insurance policy. If you spill something you'll pay out of pocket for repairs regardless of AppleCare.
     
  15. duervo macrumors 68000

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    I usually used to get AppleCare, except for this 6 Plus I have now. I got it through cell provider on contract, and mistakenly assumed that like Macs, you had a year to decide to get AC. Went into Apple Store to get AppleCare about a month after the deadline (90 days), and they wouldn't let me get it. Phone is 21 months old at this point, and battery still is at 98% health, so can't complain.

    If anything, that experience has taught me that I probably don't need to bother getting AC in the future, at least for iOS devices, because I usually get a LifeProof case for them, which takes care of accidental damage concerns for me. Such is the cost of Apple not making an exception in my case. They are out the additional revenue from any potential iOS device AC purchases I would have made in the future now.
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    Actually it depends on the local consumer laws. In other parts of the world, the standard warranty is in excess of 1 year.
     
  17. akash.nu macrumors 68000

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    Minimum of 1 year I mean. Where's it more than a year By the way,? I've never seen it.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    The EU I believe dictates you must have 2 years for a standard warranty.
     
  19. akash.nu macrumors 68000

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    I don't think so because in the uk we just get standard 1 year warranty.
     
  20. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    http://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/

    I think it's called the Sale of Goods act, although it doesn't sound particularly easy to use.
     
  21. akash.nu macrumors 68000

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  22. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Right, that page shows that Apple provides a one-year limited warranty, and also that Consumer Laws in the UK allows for a claim period of 6 years from date of delivery (England and Wales), and 5 years from date of delivery (Scotland).

    Per that page:
     
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    When did you buy the MacBookPro retina? That will determine how long you have to buy AppleCare.

    You can buy Applecare up to a year - up to the first anniversary of the date you bought that computer, but not a day after that.

    As this thread amply demonstrates, the topic of AppleCare divides people quite sharply into two camps.

    Personally, I buy AppleCare on all of my Apple computers, but I have never bought it for my iPods. AppleCare extends the warranty for a further two years, - giving you a total of three years extended warranty.

    My experience is that it pays for itself. My first computer was a MBP, and, in the third year, the HDD failed completely. It was replaced without any problem,.

    On my MBAs, I have had to use AppleCare on two of them; MagSafe issues (on both) and keyboard issues (on both) - at different times. Everything that needed to be done was done without charge.

    Personally, when I buy a computer, I buy Applecare with it. It gives me peace of mind for three years, which is all that I hold on to a computer for. That means that my buying cycle, in fact, is dictated by the AppleCare warranty; generally, I think of buying a new computer when Applecare is close to running out, rather than when something new in a technological sense has been developed.

    It also helps when selling a computer on; it is not that having AppleCare will add hugely to the price you can hope to get - it won't - but, it will give a potential buyer a bit of peace of mind, knowing that there may be a few months of AppleCare still to run on a computer that they are thinking of buying.
     
  24. akash.nu macrumors 68000

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    Yes, but consumer law is different. The responsibility of such claims fall on the consumer to prove that the device had a manufacturing defect or an inherent fault from the start, otherwise it doesn't have any value and it is almost impossible to prove it if you have crossed the first 6 months.

    So yeah, warranty and consumer law are different legal thing.
     
  25. MH01 macrumors G4

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    Depends on how you plan to use your machine. If it's going to be seeing light action, I would recommend not getting AC, if you plan to use it for things such As gaming, which push the CPU / GPU and produce lots of heat, if recommend getting AC. From my experiece I've killed all the macs I had within 3 years when I used them for gaming
     

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