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  • AppleCare Protection Plan Loses Tech Tools Deluxe CD


    If you’ve ever upgraded to a new Mac and purchased an AppleCare Protection Plan, then you probably have a Tech Tools Deluxe CD or two. As of March 2, Apple will no longer include a Tech Tools Deluxe CD in the retail box. AppleCare itself has not changed at all, the only real change to the program is the missing disc. AppleCare still provides customers with an extra two years of warranty increasing the total coverage to three years that includes repairs and phone support.

    So how will this affect most Apple customers? Probably not very much at all. The last time I bought a new Mac I didn’t even open the AppleCare Box, because I had already been enrolled automatically when I purchased the computer. This limited version of Tech Tools has never been of much use to most customers anyway. The full version of Tech Tools is a capable program, but the deluxe version is just too limited for most users.

    In recent years, Apple has gone to great lengths to reduce their environmental footprint. Removing the Tech Tools Deluxe CD may just be a precursor to the AppleCare retail box being retired all together. Registering AppleCare online is a more environmentally friendly option to selling a retail box. With the introduction of the Mac App Store, Apple may soon choose to eliminate boxed versions for their software altogether. I seriously doubt that consumers will see the price of Apple’s software come down, however. At one time, you could find AppleCare on eBay for a considerable discount, but Apple put a stop to that. You now have to go through an authorized reseller to purchase AppleCare. I for one would like to see the AppleCare Protection Plan be expanded and possibly include insurance coverage as well. This would make AppleCare even more indispensible than it already is. Apple is known for being an innovative company. Maybe they can put some of that innovation to use with AppleCare as well.



    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AppleCare Protection Plan Looses Tech Tools Deluxe CD started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      Then QUIT READING THE ****ING NEWS!!! It's an annoyance!

      This isn't a major loss for everyone.
      Ppl like u are the annoying ones
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      What's AppleCare?
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      I think the REAL reason is cut down on costs and increase profit. That's the bottom line.
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      All it takes is a little proof reading before you post. Reread before you click the button.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I've never even considered AppleCare because I'm confident that Apple products are very well built
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I've never even considered AppleCare because I'm confident that Apple products are very well built
      Your CRAZY! My 1st MacBook was a disgrace I had the hardrive replaced within 2 months of new, keyboard in 4, battery at 9, and cos my batt had a tiny crack i had to buy new one for 100 etc etc. It would have put me off but I needed the mac as all my producers refused to work on anything but logic! AppleCare is a MUST!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      Your CRAZY! My 1st MacBook was a disgrace I had the hardrive replaced within 2 months of new, keyboard in 4, battery at 9, and cos my batt had a tiny crack i had to buy new one for 100 etc etc. It would have put me off but I needed the mac as all my producers refused to work on anything but logic! AppleCare is a MUST!
      I have an iBook G4 and an old Black Macbook from OS X Tiger Era and they both never had a single hardware problem, apart from their battery losing charge capacity over time. My current MBP has zero problems. Even have an old Macintosh Performa that never gave me trouble. You might have gotten your macbook from a bad batch
    1. LamboFan's Avatar
      LamboFan -
      I don't see no looses...LOL
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Ppl like u are the annoying ones
      No it's ppl like YOU that are annoying. Posting useless things one right after the other, trying to put down what the MMi writers post...it's getting really old. If you don't like it then keep it to yourself, it's not hard. You wouldn't want ppl saying crap about stuff you wrote just because they don't find it interesting or useful.
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I've never even considered AppleCare because I'm confident that Apple products are very well built
      You've been lucky.

      I would always buy an extended warranty for any device that is mobile. Sadly, applecare does not cover accidental damage. I'll have to buy something else for that.

      I agree that the quality of apple products has improved. I have had 4 iphones and 1 ipad and none have required warranty work. Nevertheless, I buy some form of warranty as the repairs on these devices are going to be huge (especially my macbook air). I normally buy squaretrade as it is cheap one incident insurance....but with the air it will be applecare.

      Sadly, you're time will come and all that savings will be consumed in one repair.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I've never even considered AppleCare because I'm confident that Apple products are very well built
      I definitely see where your coming from, I buy it just because I feel safer with it. Outside of one issue with my MBP I've never had any other problems