Today is one of those days that makes me feel good about AppleCare, which extended my MacBook’s warranty from one year to three years. My mid–2009 13“ MacBook Pro was acting up a little lately and displaying an exclamation mark over the battery icon while charging. A quick click prompted me to ”Service Battery”, which […]
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I’d Buy AppleCare Again For My Next Mac

Today is one of those days that makes me feel good about AppleCare, which extended my MacBook’s warranty from one year to three years. My mid–2009 13“ MacBook Pro was acting up a little lately and displaying an exclamation mark over the battery icon while charging. A quick click prompted me to ”Service Battery”, which was OS X’s way of telling me to head to the Apple Store, because something had malfunctioned with the battery.

Batteries are consumables that lose some of their charging capacity with time and use, and normally a worn-down battery is not covered under AppleCare. However, this “Service Battery” issue turned out to be something different. My Mac was telling me that the battery was degrading prematurely (something the Genius diagnostic confirmed) and this issue was covered by my AppleCare plan (which expires on June 24, 2012). It took about three minutes to book the appointment online, 15 minutes of waiting to see a Genius, and another 20 minutes until I walked out of the store with a completely new battery.

My old battery had about 465 full cycles (one cycle = one full discharge) after three years of use and a reported 75% health, according to iStat Pro. It still lasted an average of three-and-a-half hours, if not longer, on a single charge. This new battery is reporting 100% health and 0 cycles (as expected), so I’m excited to see how much battery I can squeeze out of these fresh cells. I doubt I’ll hit the seven hour mark that Apple promises due to my upgraded 7200 RPM drive, but I’m very pleased that my AppleCare purchase  came in handy and ended up refreshing my laptop’s lifespan.

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