Atrocious Apple support

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by syphern, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. syphern macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    Well after hearing about how amazing Apple support is and how they are really good to people etc I have had the worst experience. Some background...

    iphone 7 32gb and the haptics turn off intermittently... reset and its better so i thought it was a software issue. Restored it, set it up as new, used back up, restored it again from new. Nothing it kept coming back. Spoke to online apple support who told me I need to take it in and to tell them I have restored it...

    Fast forward to a few days ago when I took it in. Didnt have a "genius" appointment so I waited 3 HOURS... the next genius appointment was 1 week in the future... so I waited like an idiot thinking ill get the famous world class customer service!

    So eventually my turn comes i told the "genius" that i have restored it and its likely a hardware issue... he IGNORES me and messes around with the settings to look at the logs etc. Then he askes his other "genius" friend who says its a software issue... I again tell him I have restored it from new and it didnt work. This is what really got to me:

    He says the itunes restore that they use is DIFFERENT to the one I have used at home. Its a better firmware! I think huh? never heard of this... I then say I have done a DFU restore from scratch. He gives me a blank look and tells me the update I did was just putting the software on top of the old one. LOL

    So i decide to continue... he obviously knows better as hes using his super special restore powers right... he pulls out a macbook... and connects my phone to it, opens itunes and presses RESTORE! nothing different...

    He then says after its done to come back if it happens again...

    And 2 days later it happened again! Now I have an appointment with them on wednesday and honestly im not that assertive I need to be in this case as this dude wasted 4 hours of my life last week. Need some advice please...
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Not much you can do but follow their procedure. Your issue is entered in their system and then it should get replaced.
  3. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    Lately, I've had several interactions with Apple Support and it was horrid as well. I hope it's just bad luck, but it's hard to convince myself that's the case when on three or four different occasions the support was poor.
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Why blame it all on the dude when you were the one who wasted 3 hours of your life from not making the appointment?
  5. heyyitssusan macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2014
    That is why you are supposed to make an appointment before you go and why Apple encourages you to make an appointment to ensure you'll get taken care of. It's a risk you're taking by walking in but at the end of the day there is nobody to blame.
  6. syphern thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    as mentioned there were no appointments until next week. if they want good customer support then they need to hire more people.
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    so you are trying to say the people with an appointment will get treated better? So why do they allow walk ins then??
  7. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    You mention that the 'genuis' looked at your logs and then restored your device?

    I'm asking the question because at that point the guy would have had nothing to go on except your reports. Restoring would have wiped any logs that might have had clues to the issue. Absent anything other than your report and the fact that the 7 is a brand new iPhone and probably did not appear defective to him he couldn't justify replacing the device or even trying to troubleshoot it.

    So he restored, noted your comments and the fact that he restored and told you to return if it happened again on the assumption that new logs would be generated.

    I am not defending the genius (they all seem to have taken a course in arrogant rudeness lately, similar to Starbucks barristas of the early '90s), just stating what's probably his perspective.

    Hopefully you can find someone who will treat you better the next time you go in.
  8. jgelin macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2015
    St Petersburg, FL
    Dear lord I have had the worst experience with them this launch. From a hissing phone to their replacement that they gave me not having its desolate fully in the case. 2 trips to Apple Store, 7 hours on chat, 4 in store not including the hour drive there and back. I am tremendously disappointed in Apple and their team. It is certainly not what I have read about not what was going on when a friend was working there some months ago...
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    This is the most accurate depiction of their behavior since about 6 months ago for me.
  9. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    They got you in after three hours instead of making you wait?! How atrocious! :rolleyes:
  10. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    The bulk of people want to come in a lunch and after work.
    Instead of handling an appointment your genius was tied up with you for the time it took for a diagnostic and restore.

    As a walk in I've had the best success dropping by when the store first opens and the worst an hour before they close.
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    No matter the outcome, at least your device should be replaced at no cost to you.
  12. kevroc macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    I was told that before about their special "restore", had to accept it and figured I'd just have to go back and say it's doing the same thing. Wasn't happy about it but figured I'd just follow protocol. Went back a week later and got it swapped out. Funny enough, the guy that swapped it probably wouldn't done that the first time, it's a little hit and miss.
  13. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    Apple has become a Walmart sized company targeting Walmart style mass volume sales. In achieving the high unit volume sales of iOS devices, they're challenged to deliver quality products and services including support at the store level.

    To make matters more difficult they portray themselves as special, thereby creating very high expectations for the customer. It's these expectations that cause customers to be disappointed.

    Apple talks a good game and paints a rosy picture. But it's just a consumer electronics company that happens to have a brilliant carefully crafted image. One that is very hard to live up to.
  14. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I think this is much more recent.

    I've had ONE bad experience and that was late last year. Every experience before that I haven't needed an appointment and the genuises were great.

    My very first visit was November 2009 when the genius diagnosed my out of warranty and obsolete Titanium PowerBook as having a dead logicboard. Didn't have to even touch it, but he did.

    The following year I needed screws for a 17" Aluminum PowerBook, again obsolete. The genius found me some screws in the back even though he didn't have to.

    Every visit since then has been great. I don't know what changed in September 2015, perhaps Stave Job's passing, but whatever it was things are now the way they are.
  15. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    They simply have a way to do it faster in the store. Today by fusion drive was fixed as it had become disconnected (SSD not connected to HDD). The rep fixed thenput Sierra on the machine. OI swear it was less than 10 minutes to load Sierra. I can't do that at home, even with an USB drive.
  16. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    Yes, this is how walk-in appointments work... Reservations always get first priority. You should've made one.

    What makes you more important than the dozens of other people waiting to get their devices checked out?
  17. mi7chy macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2014
    Not to sound like an apologist but any service will take a hit when swamped as currently is the case with all the iPhone 7 hardware and iOS 10 issues plus walk-ins will always be 2nd priority to scheduled appointments. And, the issue sounds like firmware/software so exchange will unlikely solve it. Your options are to have patience or go back to the fully baked iPhone 6S series until they work out all the issues.
  18. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Uh. It doesn't work that way. The same thing would happen at your doctors office if you just showed up.

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