Apple Now Requiring Apple ID to Make Genius Bar Appointments Online

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has begun requiring users to input an Apple ID when making Genius Bar appointments, reports TechCrunch. Previously, Apple only asked for a name, address, and email to book an appointment.

    According to TechCrunch, the new policy is designed to unify user actions within Apple's ecosystem, provide better customer service to people visiting the Genius Bar, and cut down on no-show appointments.
    Along with the Apple ID requirement, Apple has been making other significant changes to its customer policies in recent months, launching a redesigned AppleCare website with 24/7 live chat support in August and implementing new AppleCare+ fees earlier this week.

    Article Link: Apple Now Requiring Apple ID to Make Genius Bar Appointments Online
  2. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  3. ViP3l2 macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    It also has to do with scalpers in China booking all of the very few appointments and then selling them for a profit upwards of $2000 a week.
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Makes perfect sense to me. On the one occasion I needed an appointment to fix my fiancees trackpad on her MBA, I phoned my Apple representative and she made the appointment there and then. When we got to the store they new the issue, had the parts and did the job in 2 hours. It will help Apple to better organise repair schedules etc. if they have an idea of what's coming in.
  5. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
  6. ahbiteme macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    How did you arrive at the $2K profit figure? Is that per scalper or overall? Sources I've seen say that they're selling the spots for between $1.60 and $6.50 per session, e.g. here:

    Bloody hell... scammers will find an opportunity anywhere.
  7. administrator2 macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2013
    Man, GOSH I have to type in my username and password. super hard.
  8. joncdixon macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2006
    I'll support you if you'll support me

    My best clients get he best service. This is perfect.
  9. OriginalMacRat macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007

    Some middle manager probably decided they could score a quick bonus on account growth and then started looking for a way to pad the metrics.
  10. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
  11. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Actually that is because the phone rep entered the info. You aren't asked for any details just yet.

    What they need is to have you describe issue, pop in serial, verify you are backed up, ask about how many devices and what. And then book you appropriately. They could also tell you warranty costs etc during that look up.
  12. Parasprite macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    It was certainly said in jest, a play on iPhone scalpers implying that there is real money to be made in something as silly as Genius Bar appointments.

    That being said, I had to do a double-take when I was and not
  13. Spink10 macrumors 601


    Nov 3, 2011
    If this helps reduce appointments being made - great!
  14. Yell0w macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2008
    I had always used my account, that way when I arrive, they have all my info which will speed up the appointment!
  15. a0me macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Sure, but what if you wanted to ask the Genius Bar how to create an Apple ID?:confused:
  16. akfgpuppet macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2011
    The 831
    But Apple isn't going to say that.
  17. PowerbookG31991 macrumors member


    Nov 10, 2005
    Sydney, Australia

    Back in my days working there, I knew FRS and genii who would pad up their intake for personal metrics, not just the managers.
  18. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Ostensibly this is to help customers. It will probably help cut down on the number of bogus appointments. And it will also increase the number of Apple ID's created which is great for Apple.
  19. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    It doesn't he's baiting. There's no possible situation where this would be an issue. Even if you turn up at the store, you can simply pick up one of the computers and book an appointment.

    If your mac/device develops an issue and you need to get it looked at, you're not going to be sitting at an Applestore when the issue happens, so you simply phone or go online and book an appointment. No excuse for this to be of an inconvenience to anyone really, and it should mean you don't have to wait around to speak to someone if they know you're coming.
  20. JUiCEJamie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
    Wow. That's what they do? Book them and sell them on?! Wow!
    You got a link I can read more about this?
  21. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    Link is up in post #6.
  22. jayducharme macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Then you should get an Android device. :D
  23. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    I've always wondered when this would happen. I'm surprised it took this long!
  24. MaxDrago macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2009
    I will assume that was a joke, but...

    Pretty much any page that asks you to sign in with an Apple ID, also offers you a link to create one. If you heard about it, but never actually tried, that's not a really Genius bar thing. The Sales people (Specialists) in the Personal Setup area will walk you though setup of new devices or services and that includes creating a new Apple ID, how to purchase things in the app store, setting up iCloud backups, etc. Or you could just call AppleCare and they'll walk you through it over the phone... No need to leave the couch. :p
  25. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2010
    I wish it were thar simple. All three Apple stores in town get booked days in advance. You have to plan a trip around Apple's schedule instead of stopping in when you happen to be in the area on other business.

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