1. weblou's Avatar
    Hey Guys
    Just got my iP6 . It's so thin and nice that i really don't feel like putting a case on it. Im thinking of just getting Apple Care +.. Does anyone have experience with this? Let's say i drop the phone and crack the screen OR water damage the phone.. would they replace it for $79?

    Thanks
    09-19-2014 12:20 PM
  2. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    You should check out this http://m.imore.com/iphone-applecare-buyers-guide

    It's a good read. Personally I go for square trade because it's a little more flexible but you can't go wrong with Apple care.
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    09-19-2014 12:23 PM
  3. weblou's Avatar
    Damn Square trade is US only and I'm located in Canada. But thanks for the link .. very informative
    09-19-2014 12:30 PM
  4. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    Damn Square trade is US only and I'm located in Canada. But thanks for the link .. very informative
    An ok. Apple care is good though. Especially now that it covers accidents and stuff. That wasn't always the case. If square trade wasn't an option for me, Apple care definitely would be what I'd buy.
    09-19-2014 12:34 PM
  5. HankAZ's Avatar
    This is an incredibly subjective issue. Your iPhone comes with the basic AppleCare coverage - a 1 year warranty against manufacturing defects. The warranty includes 90 days of phone support (call Apple for assistance with issues/questions).

    The AppleCare+ (PLUS) coverage extends the coverage (including the telephone support) for a full 2 years, and also covers accidental damage (breakage, water damage, etc) for $99. The catch is that typically, an "in warranty" replacement due to physical damage (breakage, water damage, etc) for $269. The AppleCare+ will allow you to replace your device TWICE in the coverage period for $79 per incident.

    AppleCare+ is typically purchased at the same time that the device is purchased, however Apple will allow you to buy it within the first 30 days. If you do buy it after the fact, they may require a physical inspection of your device before activating the coverage and/or may require you to activate a remote diagnostic report on the phone as well.

    Neither plan covers loss/theft of your device.

    So the question becomes one of "how clumsy are you?" If you tend to be accident prone and drop your phone a lot, it may be a good investment for you. It means that for $260 ($99 + $79 + $79), you can replace your phone twice for about the standard charge of replacing your phone once. If you buy it and never use it, then you have wasted the $99 price of the coverage...

    Bottom line: Some buy it, some dont. How accident prone are you?
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    09-19-2014 12:35 PM
  6. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    This is an incredibly subjective issue. Your iPhone comes with the basic AppleCare coverage - a 1 year warranty against manufacturing defects. The warranty includes 90 days of phone support (call Apple for assistance with issues/questions).

    The AppleCare+ (PLUS) coverage extends the coverage (including the telephone support) for a full 2 years, and also covers accidental damage (breakage, water damage, etc) for $99. The catch is that typically, an "in warranty" replacement due to physical damage (breakage, water damage, etc) for $269. The AppleCare+ will allow you to replace your device TWICE in the coverage period for $79 per incident.

    AppleCare+ is typically purchased at the same time that the device is purchased, however Apple will allow you to buy it within the first 30 days. If you do buy it after the fact, they may require a physical inspection of your device before activating the coverage and/or may require you to activate a remote diagnostic report on the phone as well.

    Neither plan covers loss/theft of your device.

    So the question becomes one of "how clumsy are you?" If you tend to be accident prone and drop your phone a lot, it may be a good investment for you. It means that for $260 ($99 + $79 + $79), you can replace your phone twice for about the standard charge of replacing your phone once. If you buy it and never use it, then you have wasted the $99 price of the coverage...

    Bottom line: Some buy it, some dont. How accident prone are you?
    Yup. That's why I just pay $5/month square trade. Don't have to come out the pocket for the entire cost now. I can't In good conscience pay $100 upfront with too much uncertainty lol. Good summary
    09-19-2014 12:39 PM
  7. Iphonejackson's Avatar
    I always buy it to be on the safe side. Not to mention some of these cases are close to the price anyways.
    09-19-2014 12:42 PM
  8. HankAZ's Avatar
    Another advantage of AC+ is the ability to get a prorated refund at any time for the unused portion of the coverage. It's also important to know that the coverage is on the device - meaning that if you sell the device and don't cancel the coverage, the buyer gets the benefit of the coverage (perhaps a selling point?). You cannot transfer the coverage to another device, except in the case of a warranty replacement. In that case, the replacement device assumes the remainder of the original AC+ coverage (2 years from purchase date of the original device).
    09-19-2014 12:47 PM
  9. ame's Avatar
    i ALWAYS get Applecare+ AND Carrier Insurance. I've needed both for theft and for issues with the phones.
    09-19-2014 01:14 PM
  10. tigerinexile's Avatar
    I've replaced my 5 twice, and my 5s never.

    I'd say it was worth it for me.

    Others are less accident-prone, and for them it's a bad bet. On the other hand, it does provide some peace of mind.
    09-19-2014 01:18 PM
  11. weblou's Avatar
    Thanks for all the great replies guys. I'll hope in an Apple store after work and get that done.. I'll have a look at the case also while I'm there.

    Hank great break down.. I'm not that Accident prone BUT i have crack a screen once or twice before. With the 5S i had a case on it.. but the 6.. i want to keep it naked
    Considering the case is 45.99 i believe (Apple case).. for a little more i get AC+... And have peace of mind if i do drop it
    09-19-2014 01:27 PM
  12. cardfan's Avatar
    I'm getting AppleCare with this one. First time for everything.
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    09-19-2014 01:32 PM
  13. rustymini's Avatar
    HankAZ......I purchased the iPhone 6+ today,but won't arrive until late Oct or early Nov. Do you think I can still purchase Applecare+ then? I hope so. Thanks in advance for your response......or anyone else who knows.......
    09-19-2014 04:34 PM
  14. candy jar's Avatar
    Does anyone know what it would cost to pay for repair of a cracked screen? If I knew that, I could determine if Applecare was worth it for me, because that is the thing that would most likely happen to me (and it did once, but I upgraded the phone instead of repairing it). There are companies other than Apple that will fix the screen, but I am not sure what they charge or how long it takes to fix.
    09-19-2014 05:08 PM
  15. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    HankAZ......I purchased the iPhone 6+ today,but won't arrive until late Oct or early Nov. Do you think I can still purchase Applecare+ then? I hope so. Thanks in advance for your response......or anyone else who knows.......
    Sure. It's 30 days from when you actually get the phone.
    09-19-2014 05:13 PM
  16. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Does anyone know what it would cost to pay for repair of a cracked screen? If I knew that, I could determine if Applecare was worth it for me, because that is the thing that would most likely happen to me (and it did once, but I upgraded the phone instead of repairing it). There are companies other than Apple that will fix the screen, but I am not sure what they charge or how long it takes to fix.
    If you don't have AppleCare+, apple will usually replace the phone for $269, I think. It may be a refurb replacement. So if you use both damage replacements for $79, plus the cost of the AppleCare+ of $99 it comes out to almost the same cost. Warranty replacements don't count against the two damage replacements.
    09-19-2014 05:16 PM
  17. HankAZ's Avatar
    If you don't have AppleCare+, apple will usually replace the phone for $269, I think. It may be a refurb replacement. So if you use both damage replacements for $79, plus the cost of the AppleCare+ of $99 it comes out to almost the same cost. Warranty replacements don't count against the two damage replacements.
    Karen is spot on. The cost of an in-warranty non-covered repair is $269 (for the iPhone 5S, and assuming that is hasn't changed for the new models). The cost of AC+ and TWO replacements is $257 ($99 + $79 $79).
    09-19-2014 07:28 PM
  18. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Karen is spot on. The cost of an in-warranty non-covered repair is $269 (for the iPhone 5S, and assuming that is hasn't changed for the new models). The cost of AC+ and TWO replacements is $257 ($99 + $79 $79).
    I'm thinking though that the non-covered repair may be more expensive now at least for the 6 Plus.
    09-19-2014 07:30 PM
  19. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I never buy AppleCare+. I gamble nothing bad will happen. So far it has not. So I have saved $297. So far by not buying AppleCare+. I use an Otterbox Defender and don't take my phone close to water. I'm very careful. But some people should get AppleCare+.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5
    09-19-2014 07:37 PM
  20. HankAZ's Avatar
    I'm thinking though that the non-covered repair may be more expensive now at least for the 6 Plus.
    I haven’t seen that in writing anywhere (yet), but "I got a feeling...".
    09-19-2014 07:46 PM
  21. Mr_Freeze72's Avatar
    So if we buy Apple care and the phone breaks at some point. Could we pay a little extra and get a different storage size or color replacement?
    09-19-2014 09:53 PM
  22. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    So if we buy Apple care and the phone breaks at some point. Could we pay a little extra and get a different storage size or color replacement?
    Nope
    09-19-2014 10:04 PM
  23. HankAZ's Avatar
    So if we buy Apple care and the phone breaks at some point. Could we pay a little extra and get a different storage size or color replacement?
    They will only replace the broken/damaged device with the same model, size, color.
    09-19-2014 10:15 PM
  24. weblou's Avatar
    I added AC+ a few hours ago. I won't be putting a case on this phone. It's just to nice to cover. Maybe a glass screen protector to avoid small annoying scratches. It's good to know that for $79 I could walkin the Apple Store hand them my broken/damaged device and walkout with a new one.
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    09-19-2014 11:31 PM
  25. michikade's Avatar
    I didn't get AC+ on my 5 but I'm considering it for my 6+. My 5's been in a LifeProof case for ages and before that it was in a Speck candyshell and doesn't have a scratch on it but with a larger phone it's marginally more likely to wiggle its way out of a pocket. I'm extremely careful - I've never cracked the screen on any phone I've had and really only had some minor scratches here and there - but I've also never had a phone quite this big before so it may be a little easier to end up in compromising situations.

    Course, maybe LifeProof will hurry up and release the case. Then I won't really worry about it.


    Sent from my gracefully aging iPad 2 with iOS 8.0 using Tapatalk
    09-19-2014 11:50 PM
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