Like with all products that Apple puts out, the iPad looks just as expensive as it actually is. With that being so, there is plenty of reasoning to want to protect that investment. The AppleCare Protection Plan is catered directly to your iPad needs, and for a measly $99 it’s a drop in the bucket to what your iPad just cost you.
Out of the box, Apple provides complimentary support for one year from the date of purchase for all of its products. This includes 90 days telephone support, and a one-year limited warranty on everything else. After purchasing the AppleCare Protection Plan for iPad, this will extend coverage to a full 2 years for physical parts and labor, software, and telephone support.
Unfortunately, with any first generation product, it’s expected to have some minor glitches. Sometimes they’re fixed immediately with the next software upgrade. But other times hardware might need to be checked out. Say you’re at 13 months since the date of purchase, and your battery drops from its beautiful 10-hour lifespan to less than an hour. That’s something you’d want to have replaced to continue full functionality of the iPad. But, without the Protection Plan, your only options would be to pay to replace it yourself, or live with it as is. A battery replacement service is offered al a cart from Apple for $105.95. Sure, if you only end up needing this once, maybe it wouldn’t be worth the investment of $99, but if the touch screen glitches on you too, then perhaps you’ll enjoy your new coffee table coaster just as well.
It goes without saying that prevention is always the best cure. It’s like having a membership to AAA: if you never need to use it, it’s hard to see the need in having it. But the first time you’re stuck on the interstate with a flat tire and you’ve managed to lose your tire iron, you’re very glad you renewed!
Like with all other AppleCare Protection Plans, this does not cover acts of God or dog. So be mindful of where you leave it and keep it in a protected case to shield it when you have to transport it. Steve Jobs kept travelers in mind and wanted to create a product that people wouldn’t be afraid to toss in their bag or throw onto a car seat, but I doubt he made it indestructible to your new puppy.
Take a load off your shoulders and let Apple take care of you. Protect your venture and at least for the next 2 years until you’ve outgrown this iPad and upgrade to the next generation, you won’t have to worry about maintenance.