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An analog man trapped in a digital world, Kenny prefers mechanical to quartz watches, buying from brick and mortar shops as opposed to online shopping and eschews fancy dual-clutch cars for good ol' stick shift ones.

Do You Need to Extend Your AppleCare?

Almost a year ago, I bought a Late 2011 Sandy Bridge 15-inch MacBook Pro to replace my aging Early 2008 Penryn-powered model. And recently, I bought the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend its warranty. It cost me $489. Never in my life have I paid so much for what is essentially a string of 15 of numbers and alphabets.

But do you really need AppleCare Protection Plan?

In my experience, Apple products are generally well-built. This is my second MacBook Pro and, if I’m keeping track correctly, my sixth Apple product in the past three years. Apart from the two MacBook Pros, I have also owned the iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and now the iPhone 5. None of my iPhones ever gave up on me and my Early 2008 MacBook Pro still runs well. I have even updated it to the new Mountain Lion OS.

However, my Late 2011 MacBook Pro appears to be a bit of a lemon. Ever since having it, I have been plagued by graphics and display issues. To fix it, I have already had the logic board replaced twice and had the display swapped once. Thankfully, my notebook is still under the typical one-year warranty that Apple provides on all its products. Otherwise, I have no doubt that the repairs would have cost me the price of another MacBook Pro. And so with the one-year warranty coming an end, it made sense to extend the warranty of my MacBook Pro.

So to answer the question, my advice would be to get the AppleCare Protection Plan only if you have experienced recurring problems with your Apple purchase within the first year. That's one good thing about AppleCare Protection Plan, you can purchase it at any point during Apple's standard one-year warranty period that's applicable on most of their products - you don't necessarily have to purchase it along with your device.

If your Apple product works well within the first year, then you should be safe. Fingers crossed, of course.

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It is sad to see how the brand name blinds sensibility in the apple fanboys. If Apple products are not working, then switch!

It is NOT a premium product if you need to fork out so much money for extended warranty.

Why are you throwing good money after bad products? Why can't you get a true premium product which can last for years, like Lenovo or Dell's business series?

I have a few laptops and desktops and my office is using mostly apple products to operate day to day operations and i find that is essential to have the apple care warranty first of all is the 3 years international warranty you get 1 year original warranty another 2 years of acpp which is international that is cheap i guess and on top of it you would have apple care hotline coverage which is free for the first 90 days subsequent calls for trouble shooting they would need to charge you for it. By all means you have bought a premium product for 4k which is my company macbook pro most of them cost that much add another 450++ bucks will ease your mind for 3 years why not?

I did have APP for my macbook pro but one week before it expired, there was a problem with the display and apple refused to repair it claiming that it was caused by a hard knock on the lid when I put it in my backpack. Hello, the casing is aluminum and it would take a really heavy knock to create the problem. So you may be covered by the APP but Apple will say "baby, that is your problem, not mine" and you are out of luck.

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