I Got a Free iPad Pro This Morning

Yeah, I wrote about Apple yesterday. I didn’t plan this whatsoever, but something related happened today. It’s ironic timing, for sure.

I went to bed last night with a fully functional iPad Pro. This morning I woke up to a worthless piece of shit.

I’m only half joking.

My iPad really was shot this morning. I couldn’t use it for more than two minutes before it shut off. It crashed every two minutes, regardless of how I used it.

Worthless, right?

I tried all the little tricks to fix it: close all the apps, restart it, check for updates, yadda yadda yadda.

Nothing. It broke for no apparent reason. Happy Saturday.

As the saying goes, ‘you never know what you’ve got till it’s gone.’ It hit me like a truck this morning. With finals coming up, this writing challenge on-going, and everything else I need my iPad for, you can imagine my distress.

I can foresee how this is going to play out. It’s not looking good for me. My warranty is up, I don’t have Apple Care, I tried everything and it’s still not working.

My iPad’s toast, it’s gotta be a hardware issue. There’s no bringing this thing back.

It would seem I’m outta luck. I no longer have an iPad — it’s gone.

How can I get it back? Pay for a repair.

After checking the repair prices, an iPad Pro fix cost a measly $379. THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-NINE DOLLARS. Oh, and don’t forget shipping. You’ve got to pay for shipping! A two-week turnaround and you’ll be back in action.

At this point, I might as well Gronk spike the damn thing. With sales and a student discount, I bought it for $325 to start with!

Magic Apple People

I had to call Apple. It’s my last option. Maybe they can do something for me. Maybe craftsmanship defects are repaired for free.

Wishful thinking is all I’ve got now.

I called the store, translated all my personal info through a robot operator, outlasted twenty minutes of shitty hold music, and finally, I got to speak with a real representative.

I plead my case. “Nothing even happened” I told the man. “I didn’t drop it down a flight of stairs or spill coffee all over it, it just stopped working for no reason.”

To my complete disbelief, it was all going to be alright.

Apparently, a bunch of people had the same problem this morning. It turned out to be a software bug, not a hardware failure.

Check for an update in the next five minutes. That’ll resolve your issue. Have a great rest of your day.

Just like that, fixed. Whew.

It really felt like I had something stolen from me. The responsibility of solving all this could have easily fell on me. I genuinely feel like I was gifted an iPad Pro.

I’ll take it.

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.