Why Applecare if they don't cover battery?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nph, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005

    I have had multiple Apple laptops in the past and never gotten (nor seen the need for) AppleCare. Both Pismo, CS1400 and MBP first gen. My experience is that any weak point will show up during the first year and I have sent in at least one to Apple and they have fixed it under original warranty during first year, no problem.
    Since battery seems to be the weak link I was planning on getting AppleCare for my new MBA. However if that is not the covered by AppleCare then I am looking for some pointers/reason why I should even consider AppleCare for my MBA.

    What do you think? Anything else on the Rev B that might break after a year and that would be covered by Applecare and thereby make more sense to get it?

  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Apple Care covers the battery if its behavior is abnormal. Such as only lasting 30 minutes after only being installed for 6 months. But most of the other parts are much more expensive, including the screen, or HD and they cover them.

  3. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Well, if you ever experience kernel panics, overheating and fan operating at 6200rpms after (7) months, then I would recommend AppleCare. The first thing they will do for multiple KPs is replace the logic board, (which to me, seems like the kiss of death, b/c my MBAir was never the same), after resetting the PRAM, repair disk/repair permissions, and whatever else you need to do with the install discs, yada, yada, yada. And the next thing you know it's in the shop more than it's in use. Get the AppleCare IMO....:eek::eek::eek:
  4. dudeitsjay macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2009
    The applecare you can get on ebay for $120, in which case for MBAs and Pros thats just logistically a better idea. $1800-$2500 to $120 is less than 10-5% insurance for the typical lifespan of a laptop.
  5. itou macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    batteries die over time, that's a fact. just like tyres on a car.
    they're consumables, suffer wear-and-tear from usage, and is expected to perform less well compared to when they're new.

    what's the surprise?

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