Editor’s be aware: A reader contacted Macworld with this story of a bent iPad Pro and his battle to get it repaired, however requested that we solely use his first title within the article.
When studies began surfacing late final 12 months of bent iPad Pro devices and Apple’s unwillingness to restore or exchange affected models, they didn’t register on Marcus’s radar. Having simply purchased a pill in July, he wasn’t out there for a brand new one. Even although his 10.5-inch iPad Pro was a part of the earlier Touch ID era, Marcus was completely proud of it, having safely secured it with an Otterbox Defender case from the second he unboxed it.
When he began experiencing points along with his iPad stuttering and shutting down final month, he figured it might be a simple journey to the Apple Store. After all, it was nonetheless below guarantee and Marcus had an amazing observe report of Apple tablets, this being his fourth.
But when he arrived on the Apple Store his luck modified. The genius on responsibility instructed Marcus that his six-month-old iPad was unrepairable and he must pay $449 to purchase a substitute unit. Why? Because it was bent.
Marcus was bewildered, since, as he instructed me, “There is zero chance I bent, dropped, or did anything to my iPad,” since he hardly ever travels with it and by no means removes it from the case. Marcus, who didn’t buy AppleCare+ for his iPad, defined that when the Apple technician couldn’t get the iPad to reboot after a manufacturing unit reset, he examined it for harm and knowledgeable Marcus that the left aspect of the pill was bent and it might not coated below the usual guarantee as a result of it had been bodily broken by the consumer.
What’s extra, Marcus mentioned he couldn’t even see how and the place the iPad was bent though the technician may. As you possibly can see within the picture above, the iPad reveals no noticeable unevenness, seemingly falling nicely inside Apple’s acceptable 300 to 400 micros vary of deviation. But even so, the Apple Store refused to restore the iPad, though it ought to have been coated below the 1-year guarantee.
Marcus took his iPad house, restored it (though the technician couldn’t), and introduced it to a second retailer in Illinois. The technician there was in a position to diagnose the issue, but additionally refused to resolve it. The genius on the second retailer was in a position to observe the difficulty right down to “a connection issue to the main board” and likewise blamed the difficulty on bending, although curiously they disagreed with the primary retailer on the situation, telling Marcus that the proper aspect was extra bent than the left. But irrespective of, they wouldn’t repair it with out the identical hefty payment.
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In each circumstances, the Apple Store flat out refused to assist, blaming Marcus for the difficulty and criticizing him for elevating issues over issues he learn on this web site and others. Marcus instructed me that the technician scoffed on the notion that iPads had been arriving bent, and mentioned “articles and form posts indicating bent iPads from the factory are not real.” That cavalier perspective comes instantly from Apple, for the reason that firm hasn’t issued any steering on the difficulty apart from a support page article explaining away any points with the brand new iPad Pro.
That assist article is hardly supportive. Instead of providing a repair, Apple supplies an in-depth rationalization of the iPad Pro unibody enclosure design and assurances that the brand new tablets “meet an even tighter specification for flatness than previous generations.” Apple blames the iPad’s new straight edges and the presence of “antenna splits” on the mobile mannequin for “subtle deviations in flatness more visible only from certain viewing angles that are imperceptible during normal use,” Basically, in the event you assume it’s bent, you’re taking a look at it fallacious.
Apple provides that the “small variances do not affect the strength of the enclosure or the function of the product and will not change over time through normal use,” however primarily based on Marcus’s expertise on the Apple Store, that’s not completely true. Technicians at two separate shops agreed that his iPad was experiencing performance points as a consequence of barely perceptible bending points with no indicators of outdoor trauma. Even if it wasn’t a manufacturing unit defect, which appears unlikely, Marcus’s iPad demonstrated the identical conduct that an iPad Pro with acceptable “small variances” would. Apple wouldn’t repair these, both.
Even after the second opinion, nonetheless, Marcus refused to cave. He determined to ship it into an Apple Repair Center (which you are able to do although getsupport.apple.com), and lo and behold, he was despatched a substitute unit “the very same day” his faulty iPad Pro was acquired. As they are saying, Apple’s left hand doesn’t seem to know what the proper hand is doing.
Despite the “absolute madness” Marcus skilled attempting to repair his iPad Pro, he’s proud of the conclusion. He has a totally purposeful iPad with the identical guarantee as earlier than and the one factor it price him was time and a few aggravation.
Far extra troubling than the hoops Marcus wanted to undergo to repair his iPad Pro are the individuals who unwittingly forked over $449 to repair their under-warranty iPad Pro. Apple has constructed its repute on belief and dedication, and clients count on well timed and passable resolutions to their issues, particularly inside the first 12 months. By refusing to acknowledge that there might be a producing defect or engineering situation which will bitter or fully bork your iPad expertise, Apple is principally telling clients to purchase at their very own threat, which is not any technique to promote a thousand-dollar pill. And for the reason that 10.5-inch iPad Pro that Marcus has is actually the identical chassis as the brand new iPad Air, what assurance do we now have that individuals shopping for them gained’t have the identical points in six months?
That’s why Marcus wished to inform his story. He nonetheless retains an previous shattered iPad round as a reminder of how fragile they’re, and thought his funding was protected with a sturdy case. Even so, had he not fought again, he can be out an extra $449 and would have principally admitted that he one way or the other triggered his iPad to bend simply sufficient to impression the logic board over time. And he desires all iPad Pro customers to do the identical.
“This (result), in my opinion, further validates my position that my iPad was not bent or damaged by me,” Marcus mentioned. “It should also serve as a warning that people may end up paying out of pocket for something that they should not have to.”