For reasons I explained in this post, I usually recommend skipping the extended warranty if you are offered the option to purchase one when you buy a new computer.
That being said, plenty of folks disagree with me, and that’s fine. If having your new computer covered by an extended warranty gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling and lets you sleep well at night, then I’d say it’s money well spent.
If you happen to have an Apple device that’s covered by an AppleCare Protection Plan, it just might already qualify to receive a new battery at no charge to you.
Previously, Apple would make you wait until a covered device’s battery degraded to the point where it would only accept 50% or less of its rated maximum charge before they would replace the battery under AppleCare. But they have now upped that threshold to 80%.
The new 80% threshold applies to the batteries in all AppleCare covered Macs, regardless of how old the machine happens to be. However, if you own a covered Apple mobile device, you must have purchased it after April 10, 2015 in order for the new 80% threshold to apply.
Of course the new threshold will apply to ALL AppleCare covered devices purchased from this date forward.
Bottom line: If you own an AppleCare covered Mac, you should check your machine’s battery to see if will charge up to at least 80%. If it won’t, I recommend that you request a free replacement battery under AppleCare. You should also do the same for any covered Apple mobile devices that were purchased after April 10.
New batteries are wonderful things because they allow you to use your devices longer between battery charges. If you can get a new one installed in your device for free under AppleCare, why not do it now and reap the benefits of that expensive AppleCare Protection Plan?
Bonus tip: This post explains how to quickly determine the warranty status of your Mac, iPhone or other Apple device.
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