Times have changed. I’m on the iPhone Upgrade Program and that comes with AppleCare. We’ve used it and it’s worth the extra monthly payment. What about AppleCare on the Mac? No. Make that AppleCare on the Mac Pro.
We’re an Apple family. We have a few Macs, more than a few iPads of varying age, two new iPhones, and a couple of older iPhones. That’s not to mention– but mentioned anyway so you get the idea– AirPods, Watch, and other Apple gear lying around in varying states of readiness.
There is much to love about Apple’s new Mac Pro. Except for one thing. Price.
To start, Mac Pro with XDR display and stand rides in at just under $12,000. If you can afford $12,000 for a Mac, you can afford AppleCare and that’s where insurance gets complicated.
The first year of Mac Pro ownership also comes with AppleCare. That’s the basic limited hardware warranty, and since $12,000 for a device that likely lasts for years, an extended warranty sounds like a good idea.
First, let’s go to AppleCare+ because it covers the Mac Pro innards for a longer period of time. Three total years of hardware warranty, plus three years of technical support, plus two incidents of accidental damage, each subject to a service fee of $99. Twice if you have the dents to prove it.
Second, let’s move to the Pro Display XDR, itself $4,999. AppleCare+ is more expensive at $499. Three years total of limited technical support, and a similar length of time for the hardware.
See? Insurance adds up. The advantage with AppleCare+ is you can get damage insurance but a fee is involved. At $6,000 for the base model, a fee of $99 for the case, and $299 for anything else– damage– is a worthy expense.
AppleCare+ is better if you’re prone to break things yourself.
The Apple Store online gave me a basic Mac Pro– case, display, stand– for $11,997. AppleCare+ for the Mac Pro is $299 and for the HDR Display, $499. $798 three years or $266 a year or $22.16 a month. That makes it sound less.
The #1 best reason to get AppleCare+ for the new Mac Pro and XDR Display is obvious. When something breaks after the warranty, you’re covered. And, relative to the total price tag, it’s cheap.