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312 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2006 11:18 PM by Douglas McLaughlin
Applecare is insurance. It buys you an extra 2 years and 9 months of telephone support, and adds two years to the one year warranty, for a total of 3 years coverage. You can buy Applecare anytime before the one year warranty expires.
If you plan to keep your mini for a long time, I'd consider it. Read the mini discussions to get a feel for any weak spots, to help with the decision. Look at some parts sites to see what replacement parts cost (ifixit.com is one site, for example). Just remember once you hit the day after your one year warranty expires, there is no coverage and no option to get Applecare.PB G4 1.67ghz 1.5gb; mini G4 1.5ghz 1gb, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
Either he is a liar or very misinformedmac333 9.1, 1.25 Mini512,ibook 366,9.1 w/Airport 320 Rm LaCie Firewire CDRW F.A., Mac OS X (10.4.6), 2 Firewire Drives, Maxtor 60G,Lacie 250G Belkinwirelessrtr, Canon ip5000 EpsC62
He may be neither of those, the oprignal poster could have unwillingly misunderstood him.
With a new Mac, you get a limited one-year warranty, as well as 90 days of free "AppleCare" phone support. While the phone support expires after 90 days, you can still purchase AppleCare support (phone & extended warranty) until the end of your original coverage. I think that you can still contact phone support even if you don't have an AppleCare plan, but you will have to pay for it.Mac mini1.25 Ghz G41 GB RAM40 GB HDDAirPort Extreme, Mac OS X (10.4.6), External 250 GB LaCie HDDLaCie FW DVD-RW DL 16x20 GB iPod w/Color Display
If it were a notebook, I would say absoutley buy the plan. I got the AppleCare for my iBook 3 days before the one year warranty expired and one month after the normal one-year warranty would have been up, my iBook just died on me. Luckily I had bought the AppleCare, and when the repair invoice came back, it said they needed to replace the logic board, and if I had to pay out of pocket for these repairs, it would have costs me $300.
Now, notebooks and Mac minis are two completly different creatures. Normally I would just fly my laptop into car car whenever I was going somewhere, and there are virtually zero user replacable parts in a laptop that any normal user can service these days. This is not ture of the new Intel Mac Minis.
Personally I see the new mac mini as the modern day Cube. If need be, you can replace the airport card, hard drive, and even the processor, so long as your mini is out of warranty. This is exactly what I plan on doing once anything dies in my mac mini and it's out of warranty. Since I am comfortable taking computers apart I see no real added value with the AppleCare for Mac mini in this case, but it all depends on your level of comfort with working on the insides of computers.14.1 iBook G4 1 GHz, 60 GB, 640 MB, APX; Mac Mini Core Duo, 1 GB, 80 GB, Mac OS X (10.4.6), iPod Nano 4 GB (Black)
Since I am comfortable taking computers apart I see no real added value with the AppleCare for Mac mini in this case, but it all depends on your level of comfort with working on the insides of computers.
An AppleCare Protection Plan also gives you three years of telephone support for software issues. If you're new to Apple and Mac OS X, this could be very helpful to someone. Not every problem you might encounter can be solved by opening up the computer.
-Doug1.8GHz G4 Cube 1.5GB RAM, 320GB HD Super Drive / 1GHz 12 PBG4 1.25GB RAM & 80GB, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 1.4GHz Mac mini 1GB RAM, 80GB HD / AirPort Express / EyeTV 200 / 40GB iPod photo