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.

Good morning

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.

Word of the day: Fu*k

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.

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Alec Zaffiro

Alec Zaffiro

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

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