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Should I get Applecare with my 21.5" iMac?


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Hey guys, I'm going to buy an iMac 21.5' with 3.60GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB and 1 TB of hard disc space. However, this is my first Mac and I was wondering whether to get the applecare with it. Has anyone have any problems with the new iMacs? does anyone know about any problems or reliability issues with apple--specifically the new iMacs?

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Getting Applecare isn't a bet that you'll have problems. Its an insurance policy against manufacturer defect.

Your new iMac is already under a one-year warranty. You have until the day before that expires to purchase AppleCare. I think this makes the expense a lot easier to manage and thus I encourage people to purchase Applecare after a brief period (90 days if you think you're going to need telephone support, 180 days if not).
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AppleCare is an absolute must. It's not a question of "will I have problems", it's that knowledge that you have superb support at the end of the telephone at modest cost. If they can't fix it on the 'phone, they collect it, sort it, return it at no charge to you (I live in the UK. Can't speak for the rest of the world).

Moreover, they're there for the "how do I do this" sort of thing, not just breakdowns.

I took out AppleCare on each & every one of my Mac products (iPhone, iPod and all the rest.)

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Hey guys, I'm going to buy an iMac 21.5' with 3.60GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB and 1 TB of hard disc space. However, this is my first Mac and I was wondering whether to get the applecare with it.
No. You won't need it.
The general rule of thumb subscribed to by many (not all) Mac veterans is no for desktops, yes for laptops. The Mini, while a desktop, uses many of the same components as a laptop, and thus is the exception that proves the rule. My son's iMac is now 4 years old, and he's never had a hardware problem. Nothing in life is a guarantee, well, except AppleCare for three years.
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