If your MacBook starts acting up, the first question that comes to your mind whether Apple’s warranty covers you for two years or more. As always, the answer is it depends. It depends on the kind of warranty you have.
Apple provides two types of warranty: AppleCare and AppleCare+.
AppleCare is a standard warranty you can expect from any electronic device producer. It only covers you for up to one year. And it only covers the manufacturer defects. For instance, if your Mac has a faulty disk and you find out about it within one year of purchase, then you can take your laptop to the nearest Apple Store, and either have it replaced or get a new MacBook instead.
However, if you find out about the faulty disk after one year, the AppleCare plan does not cover you anymore.
There is an extended type of warranty: AppleCare+. It extends for an additional two years, and in addition to the manufacturer defects, it also covers accidents, such as water damage or broken screens. However, there are two caveats you need to be aware of:
- AppleCare+ must be obtained within the 30-day interval since the purchase date.
- It’s expensive.
Let’s review the second point: the price of AppleCare. AppleCare+ is not cheap, and it costs $249 for MacBook Air and $379 for 15-inch MacBook Pro. While it covers the accidents, you still have to pay a deductible (up to $299).
Some may even wonder if it’s wise to invest in such a plan. The answer is again – it depends. I covered all the reasons you should or should not buy it in my post “Is AppleCare Worth It For MacBook Air or MacBook Pro“.
Let’s get back to the first point. As you noticed, there is a very short window when the extended warranty can be obtained.
Local Repair Stores
So, what should you do if you are out of a one-year warranty, and you don’t have AppleCare+?
The answer is simple: you need to check a good local computer repair shop, which specializes in MacBooks.
MacBooks are among the most durable laptops on the market. Over time, however, they may have problems, such as hardware failure or viruses. You are lucky if you invested in the AppleCare+ plan when buying the laptop. If you didn’t do it, don’t worry. There are always good repair shops, such as Bay Area Computer Repairs.
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