AppleCare, should you buy it?
So, you’re going to buy a new Mac. Should you buy AppleCare? In a word?
AppleCare, for those who don’t know, is Apple’s extended warranty that is offered on many of their products. They’re offered on iPhones and iPods too. It’s a little more of a grey area on if you should buy it for an iPhone or iPod. But my feeling is that on a Mac computer, absolutely you should buy it.
Apple’s 1 year warranty will cover any hardware issues. You can also get 90 days of telephone support. AppleCare will take that 1 year of hardware coverage and 90 days of telephone support to 3 years of each.
That’s great and all, but what else does it give me?
- Consider this: the cost of one out of warranty repair on your Mac can easily pay for AppleCare.
- AppleCare is fully transferable. If you sell your Mac or give it to someone else, the AppleCare goes with it!
- AppleCare will also cover an Apple display and various Apple accessories (like an Airport Base Station) if they’re all purchased at the same time.
- AppleCare is eligible for educational discounts! Think of this: if you’re buying an iMac AppleCare is normally $169 (still a killer deal). At an educational discount (you’re a student, teacher or staff member of a university) that AppleCare becomes $119! How do you not buy it?!
One last thing to keep in mind: If you really can’t afford AppleCare when you buy your Mac you don’t have to miss out. Just make sure you buy it before your 1 year warranty runs out and it’ll be extended the additional 2 years that AppleCare normally gives you. Though, if you bought a display and/or Apple accessories that would normally be covered by AppleCare, they won’t be covered in this case.
Bottom line: buy AppleCare!