Originally Posted by Rambo
Check with your credit card. Many give an extra year of warranty coverage anyway. SquareTrade is also a better choice, IMO, as it covers many more problems. The sole benefit of Apple Care is that you can just walk into the Apple Store and plunk the bitch down on the counter. Doesn't mean they'll necessarily help you though.
Apple can be wildly unhelpful if you are out of warranty. To the point where it feels like they just want to not help you with hopes you'll purchase something new. My volume button wasn't working properly and they were like, "Oh, well, yeah, we don't fix that. In such instances we suggest you get a new phone." He tried to explain why it required a new phone entirely. I had the volume button fixed and home button replaced for $50 from a repair shop.