I would strongly recommend that any owner of a laptop purchase the manufacturer's extended warranty.
Service coverage is available only for Mac and its original included accessories for protection against (i) defects in materials or workmanship, (ii) batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity, and (iii) up to two incidents of accidental damage from handling every 12 months, each incident being subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage. 'AppleCare And Warranty' shares many similarities with WARNING!MAC OS Is Infected, Apple Security Alert, Critical Security Warning!, and dozens of other fake errors.All state that the system is corrupted (e.g., missing files, infected, not protected, etc.), however, these claims are merely attempts to trick users into calling and paying for technical services that are not required. 24/7 priority access to Apple experts by chat or phone 2; Global repair coverage 1; Onsite repair for desktop computers: Request that a technician come to your work site 3; Mail-in repair for portable computers: Mail in your Mac using a prepaid shipping box provided by Apple 3; Carry-in repair: Take your Mac to an Apple Retail Store, a Best Buy store, or other Apple Authorized Service Provider 3.
In the case of Apple products, you get 3 months of free telephone support if you don't buy the extended warranty (AppleCare). Once you buy AppleCare, your telephone support with Apple continues. This is really a nonissue since you can get support here and by contacting Apple -- even if you had a device that is out of warranty.
By their nature, portable computers will encounter more issues (i.e. drops) than a desktop computer that is rarely moved. I just had the system board replaced in my MacBook Pro. My AppleCare ends on Jan. 18, 2018. Had it ended before my Mac had the problem (rebooting itself randomly), it would not have been repaired or replaced anytime soon.
Personally, I always buy AppleCare for my Mac shortly before the initial 1-year warranty ends.
Dec 27, 2017 7:07 PM
In brief: When you turn on your MacBook Pro, does it look like your desktop is about to put on a vaudeville show? It could be caused by a display cable that is too short. Apple will now fix that problem for free on eligible laptops.
Apple launched a repair program for those who have fallen victim to the “flexgate” display problem. The free repairs only apply to 2016 MacBook Pros with or without the Touch Bar. The program only covers laptops for four years after they were purchased, so those who bought their 2016 Pro when they first launched in October 2016, have a little over a year to make a claim.
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The issue was first noticed back in January. One MacBook Pro user started a petition reporting that his display's backlight was acting up. The symptoms included a “stage light” effect at the bottom of the screen or the display completely shutting off if the lid was opened more than halfway.
It turns out the cause of the issue is a cable that connects the display to the base of the laptop. The cable is a bit too short, and over time the stretching caused by opening and closing the MacBook creates a faulty connection.
An iFixit breakdown of a 2018 MacBook showed that Apple quietly fixed the problem in newer models by using a longer cable. Of course, this did nothing to address the issue that 2016 users are having, so Apple initiated the repair program.
It insists that the defect is only present in “a very small percentage of 13-inch MacBook Pro displays.” However, similar symptoms have also been reported occurring in 2016 and 2017 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros. If complaints continue, expect Cupertino to expand the repair program.
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Affected users can drop off their defective unit at the closest Apple authorized service provider or Apple Store. Alternatively, they can contact Apple Support to set up a mail-in repair.