In most situations, I tend to recommend that you buy Apple’s extended hardware warranty, called AppleCare. Apple recently enhanced AppleCare so I think it’s an even more compelling option. In June 2017, Apple modified AppleCare. It’s now called AppleCare+ (read AppleCare Plus). The original AppleCare could be bought within 1 year of the date of buying a Mac. It offered two primary features. It extended the standard 1-year warranty for manufacturing or design defects to 3 years. It also extended the 90 days of phone support to 1 year.
AppleCare+ provides all the same features as AppleCare, but it introduces two changes. First, it must be bought within 60 days of purchasing a new Mac. Second, it adds up to two incidents of accidental damage. Each incident is subject to a $99 fee for damage to the case or screen or $299 for other damage.
In my mind, AppleCare+ is an attractive option because it now covers both manufacturing and accidental damage and the cost of your repair is a maximum of $299. That’s much less expensive than some repair bills that I’ve seen over the years. Replacing a main logic board has cost around $500 or $750 in the past. I think AppleCare+ is almost a no-brainer.
AppleCare+ was originally introduced for the iPhone around 2011. It was then offered for the iPad and is now available for Macs. The exact price of AppleCare+ varies based on the each model that you purchase.