Six Colors
Six Colors

by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

This Week's Sponsor

Got Slack? Got Macs? Get Kolide.
Device security that fixes challenging problems by messaging users directly on Slack. Try Kolide Today!

By Stephen Hackett

The Hackett File: The End of the AppleCare Road

We are all familiar with AppleCare. When we buy a new Apple product, we are presented with the option to extend the product’s one-year limited warranty to either last longer, or in the case of AppleCare+, include hardware damage as well.

There is debate to be had whether or not these extended warranties are worth it. I purchase AppleCare on my 27-inch 5K iMac because I know if it ever needs a repair, it can be pricey. Of course, I also know people — ahem, Jason — who never buy AppleCare and think I’m silly for doing so.

What most people aren’t as familiar with is what happens at the tail-end of a product’s life when it comes to being serviced by Apple.

My iMac is under AppleCare until October 11, 2019. Until that date, any in-warranty hardware repair will cost me $0.

If my machine experiences a failure after that date, it’d be up to me to pay for any parts and labor needed to repair it.…

This is a post limited to Six Colors members.


Search Six Colors