Every Mac comes with a one-year limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary telephone technical support. You can extend coverage to three years from your machine’s original purchase date
with the AppleCare Protection Plan, but it’ll cost you—AppleCare runs up to $349 with a 15-inch MacBook Pro.
iPads also come with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complementary support. AppleCare+ for iPad extends your coverage to two years (not three
as with Macs) from the original purchase date of your iPad and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $49 service fee plus applicable tax. AppleCare+ coverage for
iPad costs $99.00.
For your money, you get direct, one-stop access to Apple’s telephone technical support questions about Apple hardware, operating systems, and Apple software applications such as iLife and
iWork for the specified period of coverage. You also get global repair coverage for your Mac and Apple display if you have one through service options.
Personally, I’ve never opted
for AppleCare for any of the new or refurbished Macs I’ve purchased over the past 22 years, and have never even made a warranty claim under the basic 1 year warranties on any of my Apple
notebooks, although I did have a defective (excessively noisy) cooling fan replaced on a LC 520 desktop back in the early ’90s. I simply am not convinced AppleCare coverage is a worthwhile
expenditure for me.
I do take my Macs and iPad mobile from time to time, but I work from a home office, and the vast preponderance of my usage is in that relatively low-risk of accidental damage environment. And how
much risk one is comfortable assuming is the key issue when it comes to extended warranties like AppleCare.
I’ve done very well without AppleCare over the years, but there are also Apple hardware users who sing its praises after experiencing catastrophic hardware failures that were repaired under
Cohen notes that Apple’s MacBook Airs and Pros have gotten slimmer and lighter over the years as well, and markedly more complex, making it more difficult to virtually impossible for even
experienced and tech-savvy Mac owners get inside and…