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.
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.