Is Applecare worth it, when buying an Apple device? Applecare is worth it for some products and not a good idea for others. Let’s look at the FACTS.
What is Applecare?
Applecare is Apples warranty program for the expensive electronic equipment Apple sells. You must purchase Applecare within 30 days of buying the product new. Once you have Applecare on your device you get:
- One stop technical support.
- Software support for Apple software.
- Free repair and replacement program.
The main reason to buy Applecare is the expensive cost of repairing Apple device hardware. The big screens are the most expensive component and the battery can also fail.
If you are in Europe you get a free 2 year warranty for hardware defects as standard with all big Apple products due to an EU Legislation ruling. So if you are buying Apple from Europe think carefully if it’s worth the cost of Applecare for just 1 extra year of warranty. The EU warranty does not cover accidental damage.
Note also that Applecare is a Warranty and not an insurance. If your device is stolen you will not get a free replacement. You have to give your old/broken Apple device for fixing or replacement. This replacement is usually a refurbished product.
Types of Applecare
There are two types of Applecare. Applecare normal and Applecare+. Applecare plus is for iPhone and iPad type devices and includes accidental damage. This is huge because you might drop these regularly on hard concrete floors.
Now let’s look at the prices of Applecare and see if Applecare is worth it.
Applecare for iMacs and Big Hardware
Applecare for Macbook air and Applecare for 13 inch Macbook pro – $249. Think carefully. It is hard to replace any parts on Macbook air but at the same time accident cover is not included.
Applecare for iMac ($1199) -$169. Applecare is worth it.
Applecare for Mac Mini ($599) – $149. Not worth it. No screen needing replacement and cheap to replace the entire unit.
Applecare for Macbook pro ($1199) – $249. Remember accidental damage is not covered! possibly worth it.
Applecare for the 15 inch Macbook pro with Retina display – $349. Expensive but possibly worth it because the retina screen is very expensive to replace and nearly all parts except the RAM and non user servicable. Remember this is covered only by Applecare and not Applecare+ and so accidental damage is not covered. Maybe worth it.
Applecare for iOS devices
Applecare for ipad (~$400) is priced at $99. Worth it, remember this covers accidental damage too.
Applecare for iPod touch ($100) is $59. Not worth it.
Applecare for iPod nano ($129) or Shuffle ($49) – Applecare costs $39. Not worth it.
Applecare for Apple TV ($99) – $29 . Not worth it.
Applecare for iPhone ($200) – $99. Worth it because you it’s used outside and covered for accidental damage too. One fall on concrete and the screen is finished. Consider buying Cell insurance too because the iPhone is a premium device and likely to be stolen and quickly sold.
Refurbished Apple product and Applecare
Can I purchase Applecare on a refurbished product? The answer is yes arefurb can get Applecare! ”
(3) Can I purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan for my Apple Certified Refurbished Product?All Apple Certified Refurbished Products are covered by Apple’s one year warranty. For extended coverage, you have the option of purchasing the AppleCare Protection Plan with your Apple Certified Refurbished Product. The AppleCare Protection Plan extends the complimentary coverage on your Apple Certified Refurbished Product to up to three years of world-class support for Mac, and up to two years of world-class support for iPod, iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV.” – Link
That is the end of our “is Applecare worth it” article. Remember that Applecare will fix or replace and only covers accidental damage for some Apple devices. Compare the price to the cost of a replacement from Ebay rather than replacing with a brand new Apple item because that is not what you get with Applecare.