Would you get AppleCare for a 2015 MacBook Pro?

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  1. Eternal 28 macrumors 6502

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    Hello, I just bought a 3 month old MacBook Pro retina with the integrated Iris pro graphics only and was wondering do you think it’s a good idea to get AppleCare for the last generation MacBook Pro. It still has the one year warranty remaining. I plan on keeping it for 2-3 years. I know AppleCare is a no brainer on the new butterfly keyboard generation but what about the old 2015 generation ? Thank you
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    I bought a 2015-design MacBook Pro 13" in December 2016.
    I didn't buy AppleCare.
    It's now approaching 2 years old, no problems so far... (fingers crossed)
     
  3. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    It depends on your risk tolerance. Extended warranties are usually not worth it, IMHO, especially since many CC will double the warranty anyway. However, with Applecare I buy it, and it is the only extended warranty I buy, because I use my machine for business and want to ensure I have no unplanned repair costs, access to tech support, and can get it fixed by either dropping it off at an Apple store or sending it in.

    I had 2015 and it was a rock solid machine overall, but I had some dead pixels crop up and an issue with the USB port that was covered by Applecare. The thing I like is if I have any problems I can simply walk into an Apple store and get the machine checked and if there is a problem get it fixed; and if Apple has any problems crop up such as the display or keyboard ones that other machines had I don't have to wait for Apple to decide to offer an extended warranty for those issues. My experience, however, is not the norm.
     
  4. Eternal 28 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah. Does your 2015 model have a dedicated GPU? I heard those models are more vulnerable to issues. Do you still have your 2015 model?
     
  5. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    Yes, the 2015 had the dedicated GPU. I do not know if they are anymore problem prone than others; other than the USB port issue mine was pretty much trouble free.

    I had 2 dead pixels and Apple replaced the display, many manufacturers would not do that as they consider a few dead pixels, especially near a corner as mine were "normal." Apple replaced the USB daughter board and then entire Motherboard but the issue persisted.

    I do not have it any more, even though it essentially was a brand new 2015 - new screen, case, MB, battery, etc. as part of the repair process.
     
  6. _Kiki_ macrumors 6502a

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    the store is responsible for warranty not manufacturer
     
  7. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040

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    My 2015 15” extended AppleCare did finally expire and I’ve never had a single issue at any point.

    That said, if you’re still able to get extended AppleCare for yours I would go ahead and do it just so you’ll have the peace of mind.
     
  8. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    I'm nit sure what your point is but where I live it's a manufacturer's warranty; not a store. The manufacturer is responsible for honoring it, they may do it through a store or their own channel. In Apple's case, Apple Stores handle claims because they are owned by Apple; others let stores handle claims because it is easier.
     
  9. Eternal 28 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok, Thanks.

    Do you have a dedicated GPU version?
    Did you get your battery replaced after 3 years with your Macbook?
     
  10. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040

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    Yes and no
     
  11. Eternal 28 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have the Intel Iris Pro base version and I’m hoping that without a dedicated GPU this thing should be more reliable. However, I found AppleCare on eBay for around $249 and I’m still debating on if I should buy it.
     
  12. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040

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    It be a good idea to add it on simply from a resale value standpoint in case you change your mind while it’s still under AppleCare
     
  13. billgrates3 macrumors newbie

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    I've had Applecare for my 2007 black plastic MB13, and my 2010, 2013, and 2016 MBP15s. Notice the 3 year interval between purchasing new laptops. All of these needed major overhauls, which I did at 2 years-9months after purchase (or even earlier in one case). Two needed new LCD screens. The black one needed a whole new case. One completely died and needed a new logic board.

    With my 2010 MBP15 I had an amazing experience in mid-2013 when I was doing a project in Botswana. The MBP slipped and a USB cable caught and bent, somehow apparently glitching the MBP big time -- it wouldn't charge or boot up. I called Apple in Joburg South Africa, and literally 2 hours later a DHL guy showed up to ship my MBP to SA for repair!! I got the MBP back ~10days later, and that repair cost me ZERO$ thanks to Apple care.

    I'll have to send my 2016 MBP15 back soon under Applecare as the internal speakers are distorting very badly when playing videos regardless of software used.

    My conclusion: definitely get Applecare, especially if you travel quite a bit! and especially if you plan to keep the Mac for >2 years.

    Hot tip= if you buy your Mac thru the Ed store, Applecare is significantly discounted.
     
  14. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    Stay away from Applecare on eBay. Search these forums and Google it and you'll see a lot of Scams. Best discount I could find was the educational price direct from Apple.
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    Let me second that. Nothing like knowing you can get it fixed through Apple anywhere in the world. I carry my iPad Pro as a backup in case my MBP dies while on the road; luckily mine hasn't yet.
     
  15. Apple_Glen_UK macrumors member

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    I also have a 2015 MacBook Pro and - without wishing to tempt fate - it has worked flawlessly since day one. Not a single issue to report. I'm in the UK and when I purchased it a few years ago John Lewis were offering a 3-year guarantee rather than the standard 1-year one for about an extra £100, so I went with that. The 3 years is up now but it's a fantastic machine which I have looked after well. It came installed with Yosemite on it but since I upgraded to Sierra about a year ago it's been even quicker and snappier.

    So, in summary, it's your call!

    MBP 2015.jpg
     
  16. Eternal 28 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I found this seller on eBay and he seems to have good feedback on AppleCare.
    Please tell me what you guys think, here is the link to the item. Thank you

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m2763.l2649
     
  17. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    Do not do it. I do not know that specific seller, but eBay is not a safe place to buy AppleCare, IMHO.

    If you do not buy it from an Apple Authorized Reseller you run the risk that it is not a valid plan. You do not want to find out in a year that the plan you bought is not valid. Your best bet for a discount is to buy it at the educational price.

    In addition, isn't Apple now selling AC+ for MBPs?
     
  18. LogicalApex macrumors regular

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    I haven't purchased Apple Care on eBay either, but what jlc1978 said here is key. eBay only allows feedback within 90 days of purchasing something. So you're getting users who have had no trouble activating Apple Care on Apple's website. You won't see anything if they encountered issues 6 months or 2 years later when they attempted to use Apple Care.

    I'd only buy it from Apple or very reputable resellers like Best Buy or B&H and the like. Not the back alley like eBay (unless the eBay store was an official store of a reputable reseller).
     
  19. Eternal 28 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  20. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a

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    the 2015 mbp are some of the most solid laptop apple ever made on this side of the Mississippi.

    i have the 13inch and its build like a tank, it just so happen i purchased mine used and the previous owner alrdy bought applecare for it :D

    however even if i dont have ac i wouldn't sweat it.
     
  21. Shredder- macrumors regular

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    Can you actually buy AppleCare today for a 2015 MBP?
     
  22. maflynn Moderator

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    I bought my laptop using an American Express card. They give you a second year of coverage automagically. I don't see spending a lot of $$ for one year of coverage over the 2 years I now have.
     
  23. The Mercurian macrumors 68000

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    Yeah if this machine is three years old already I dont' think you can buy AppleCare. Surely the AC warantee is until the machine is 3 years old - not for 3 years from the time you bought the warranty. At least this is what I have always understood.
     
  24. Dave245 macrumors 603

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    Is Apple Care worth it in general? I know the Apple Care for MacBook Pro is now Apple Care+ but I wonder if it’s worth the money? Don’t they already give you 12 months anyway, I know here in the U.K. 12 months warranty is the law, anything beyond that is extended.
     
  25. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    I would guess it would depend on the date of purchase. If he found an authorized retailer that had an unsold 2015 MBP it might be possible since most warranties start on the date of first sale. OTOH, if it was an open box returned item, then the warranty would have long ago expired since it started on first sale. For example, I bought an open box iMac from Best Buy and it had 10 months left on the warranty since it was first sold 2 months before I bought it.

    It really depends. MBPs are very reliable and I suspect most people will never use AC+. I use mine for work so the knowledge I won't have an unplanned repair expense and if I accidentally break it I can get it repaired for less than my insurance deductible and make no claim makes it worth it. YMMV.

    OTOH, had I bought it with my CC it would have gotten an extra year for free an AC+ becomes less desirable.
     

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