AppleCare or SquareTrade

Compare AppleCare or SquareTrade Pricing

Deciding between AppleCare or SquareTrade warranty? Use the Squaretrade vs AppleCare Protection Plan chart below to help you

AppleCare Warranty AppleCare MSRP Best Price AppleCare SquareTrade 3yr SquareTrade 4yr
AppleCare for MacBook Air $249.00 $176.19 $163.35* | $177.29* $179.97 | $205.97 | $228.97
AppleCare for MacBook Pro 13" $249.00 $176.19 $177.29* | $181.27* $205.97 | $228.97
AppleCare for Retina MacBook Pro 13” $249.00 $176.19 $181.27* | $299.99* $228.98
AppleCare for MacBook Pro 15" $349.00 $244.00 $299.99* | $249.99 $228.98 | $331.99
AppleCare for Retina MacBook Pro 15” $349.00 $244.00 $249.99 | $299.99 $331.99 | $398.99
AppleCare for iMac $169.00 $122.00 $134.99 | $165.99 | $195.99 $228.97
AppleCare for Mac mini $149.00 $104.00 $79.99 | $94.99 $169.97 | $174.97
AppleCare for Mac Pro $249.00 $174.00 $219.99 | $329.99 $331.99 | $499.99

*Accident Protection Plan – with spills and drops protection

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AppleCare vs SquareTrade

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AppleCare Protection Plan SquareTrade
3 year protection
Does not include spill and drops
Phone support
AppleStore
Covers accessories
No limits on repairs
3 year protection (4 year option)
Drops + spill (for laptops under $2000)
No phone support
No brick and mortar support
No coverage
Repairs limited to max value of item

Reasons use SquareTrade

SquareTrade has a Accidental Handling Coverage, or Drops + Spill, for newly purchased laptops under $2000. There is also the option to extend the coverage to 4 years but this removes the option of Accidental Handling Coverage.

Reasons use AppleCare

Unlike SquareTrade, AppleCare covers power adapter and Apple accessories purchased with your Mac, this includes mouse, keyboards and even Apple Displays.


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