Is AppleCare worth your money?

By Azrul Abas    May 20, 2021

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What is it actually? 

Just like how we purchase insurance in case of accidents, we also bring this same concept to our precious electronic devices in case they get ‘injured’.

Especially for users who are stuck in the Apple ecosystem (using an iPhone for daily use, having a MacBook and carrying around an iPad) purchasing AppleCare seems intuitive as it ensures an extended guarantee to all of their Apple devices.


So what does it cover? 

In short, AppleCare is extended to almost all of their products, ranging from Macs, Apple Watch and even down to Apple TV and AirPod. 

Most Apple hardware already comes with a one-year limited warranty and up to 90 days of complementary technical support. To extend your coverage of devices, users can then purchase the AppleCare+ or the AppleCare Protection Plan.

You can find the whole list for the AppleCare+ plans here, but we will list out a few for more of the commonly used products. 

 

AppleCare+ for Mac 

Price ranges from $128 to $548 depending on the model. 
Extends coverage for up to 3 years. 
Includes 2 incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months, subjected to a service fee of $138 to $428.
24/7 priority access to Apple experts.

AppleCare+ for iPhone

Price ranges from $228 - $368 depending on the model. 
Extends coverage for up to 2 years 
Includes 2 incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months, subjected to a service fee of $42 - $148.
24/7 priority access to Apple experts

 

AppleCare+ for iPad

Price ranges from $98 - $189 depending on the model. 
Extends coverage for up to 2 years
Includes 2 incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months, subjected to a service fee of $42 -  $68.
24/7 priority access to Apple experts

 

So, do you really need it? 

Well, it depends. On the device. 

Looking at the coverage given, you might actually not need the extra warranty given by Apple.  

For example, the battery cycle count of a MacBook would last you around 3 years (which is the warranty period). Unless you are a heavy user consistently doing video editing or other heavy software, then it’s pretty much a waste of money to purchase it. And if you are thinking about the coverage of the 2 accidental damage incidents, do consider whether you are clumsy enough to warrant an accidental damage within that 3 years (on top of the service fee). 

Similarly for iPhones, its battery cycle count could last you around 2 years (newer models last even longer) before the battery becomes an issue. And while cracked screens is a thing among iPhone users, investing in a durable case (cue Casetify and Otter Box) is definitely a much cheaper and less troublesome solution than having the worry that you might suffer from a cracked screen.

Furthermore, practicing good iPhone and MacBook habits while using them (we’ve covered this here and here ) will ensure that you will get most out of your device battery cycle count within the one-year warranty period.


So that means we don't actually need it right?

Well… again it depends. The above AppleCare+ plans for MacBook and iPhone are just some examples for you to think about when you are deciding if you should get any of the plans for your devices. 

Consider how long you would be using the device for, what are some of the constraints you might have and what are the other alternatives that you can use should there be a need for a repair.


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Depending on how heavy your usage is and how urgent it would be if your device does get into an incidental accident, perhaps some device would require it more than others.

Because AppleCare is essentially insurance. And if the risk for danger is high, you would want to ensure that you are safely insured for it.

As we’re only here to give our opinions and suggestions, ultimately you as the user have to make an informed decision before making any of the purchases.