Anyone have Apple store check the iPad before taking home

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bww, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. bww macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2011
    Does anyone know if you can just go to the apple store and buy a new iPad and check it out there (I would be bringing my iPad 2), regarding yellow tint, wifi not connecting?
  2. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I spent nearly three hours in the Apple store when I bought mine. We ran into some technical difficulties with transferring data from my iPad2 and I said I'd rather not leave until it was sorted (I'm travelling and was only going to be in town for a couple of days). After that I spent an additional hour setting it up since I'd been there so long anyway and was kind of in the middle of things. I had three different employees help me out along the way. This was one of those stores where they've set up separate tables for people doing that kind of stuff post purchase. Worked very well for me since it also gave me time to inspect the screen, wifi and so on.
  3. bww thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2011
    Thanks JoJoBa that is exactly what I will do.
  4. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2009
    Go to the Apple store, buy an iPad. Open it up, check for defects. If there's any issue, ask for an immediate exchange. Leave once you are satisfied with the iPad.
  5. transphasic macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2012
    How could one NOT do such a thing, given the complexity of the device, it's cost, and the potential issues? Why would one want to have to go back and forth?
  6. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    When I returned my iPad 3 for it being VERY pink (pinkish red) and the black edge of the LCD screen was leaking tons of light ----- the first thing the Apple Genius said when he saw my iPad 3 was : "Yeah, that needs to be replaced." Then he got a replacement in 5 minutes and before handing it to me, took it apart (new out of box), looked at it, turned it on, and inspected it - side by side with my iPad 3 (pinkish red). He spent quite a few minutes comparing the two before asking me - "How does it look?"

    That's why I don't understand how these people do 7+ iPad 3s before they get a good one.... ?!?!?!?!?!? Why would you walk out of a store after those many iPad 3s HOPING you got the right one? I mean, I didn't have to ask my local Apple Genius to do what he did, but it seemed very logical that he would. Boggles my mind. I think these 7+ iPad 3 people are people that crave attention.
  7. littleman18 macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2012
    I bought mine and walked out without opening it
  8. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    People who have OCD are too embarrased to reveal how OCD they really are. They are more comfortable doing their own tests and checklists from the comforts of their own home without being mentally snickered at by Apple Employees.
  9. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    All of three my iPads were mailed to me via Apple on introduction day and not a problem with any one of them to this date.

    This is true but sometimes it is not as easy to get to an Apple store for those 5 or 6 returns. For those it will be best if they just stayed in the store with their OCD until they are happy.

    The Geeks have seen it all from embarrassed to I AM IN YOUR FACE MAD!
  10. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Because ordered from (and other reasons). Don't assume that your preference is everyone else's. There's nothing wrong with what the OP wants to do but it's not a one-size-fits-all matter.
  11. testcard macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    Can you actually judge screen quality by opening up a new iPad in-store? Wouldn't you have to go all the way past the start-up pages? What happens if you reject the new iPad - does it go back to be refurbished? Would be interested to know.
  12. transphasic macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2012
    You lost me - the OP asked about reviewing it in a store before taking it home - implying he bought it there, not online.
  13. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2009
    It's pretty simple really. You don't actually have to sync your iTunes account with the iPad, or activate the data/sim card, so don't worry. Just go through the start-up screens, until you can get to the home screen and have access to the basic apps and settings.

    From there, you can adjust brightness, access internet via Apple's WiFi, and make your basic screen assessments. Check for scratches, yellow tint, light leaks, dead pixels, etc. By accessing the WiFi, you can load solid colored pages to check for dead pixels and the yellow tint. Use other iPad's and MBP's on display in store, as well as your own judgement, as a base reference.

    When I had to replace my 3rd gen iPad, I brought it into the Apple store. The geniuses gave me a brand new one, not a refurb. I asked them to wait a second before they left, and I skipped through the set-up screens, got to the main screen, and gave it a quick, but thorough once-over checkup. Seeing no problems, I was satisfied with the replacement, said thank you, packed up my new iPad, and went home to actually set it up. I've had no problems since, and I was extremely happy with my replacement.

    From what I was told, depending on your iPad's issue, they are sent to different departments for repairs, which will eventually become refurbished iPads.

    Hope this helps. :)
  14. diane143 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Ditto, though after reading comments here I almost opened it. I really like the magic of unboxing while at home though. My rep offered, but it was more to help me set it up as part of the service and I told him I was ok.

    No issues with mine! :)
  15. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Because the lights in the stores are too bright to give a clear indication of how good/bad the display is?
  16. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    I preordered mine and was lucky enough to get a unit without any problems. But if I did buy it in store, then I would've definitely opened it up and checked it before leaving.
  17. drew0020 macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2006
    I have yet to see a new iPad (6 in total from my friend and family) that doesn't have a scratch or ding in the body if the iPad. Mine has a couple but since they are on the back I don't mind. But for $729 it would be nice to get a perfect screen and a scratch free device. Easier said than done. Terrible quality control in my opinion.
  18. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Yes I think that all Apple stores should provide dark closets for the new iPad owners to test their new iPads!:eek:
  19. patricem macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2005
    I just bought mine and I checked it in the store before I left, and I had one of those tech guys that help you get set up look mine over. Happy to say it's BEAUTIFUL!! So far anyway! :) I told the sales guy I was worried about yellow screens etc etc, as talked about on macrumors. He said there's a reason it's called rumors. He was nice tho, I told him I had seen pics of that yellow screen.
  20. soldierblue macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    Not really. It's not the best place to check over something.

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