Long wait time for iPhone repair due to Apple Watch

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by eliehass, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. eliehass, Apr 17, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015

    eliehass macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2008
    I dropped my iPhone today and messed up the screen pretty bad. In the past I have been able to schedule same day apple store appointments, but right now I can only get an appointment for someone to look at my phone 5 days from now.

    I was told that the issue is all the Geniuses are booked with Apple Watch try on appointments.

    I am a fan of the Apple Watch (pre-ordered one myself) but I think the fact that try ons are tying up so many of their employees that they can't schedule a repair in a timely fashion is ridiculous.
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I agree and I would be mad like you. Especially with the watch no being delivered for months.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Why are they using Geniuses for sales and not support/repairs.

    I'd be upset too, I'm not liking how apple is managing their stores right now.
  4. eliehass thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2008
    Yup, it's really upsetting. I'm left with an unusable phone for the next 5 days. This is my first time being left this unhappy over a customer experience from Apple. A big part of the reason I bought into Apple and AppleCare+ was the Apple Stores and the ability to quickly walk in and get a repair instead of having to wait days or weeks.
  5. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    Maybe it's your store? I tried booking a Genius appointment for an iPhone, I could get in tonight at 7 pm (it's 9am here now). Also lots of openings for the next few days.
  6. eliehass thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2008
    There are 4 Apple stores in my area. All are booked solid.
  7. Chris. macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2008
    That is very odd to use Genius Bar staff for Watch try ons. I guess there is high demand.
  8. Phone Junky, Apr 17, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015

    Phone Junky macrumors 65816

    Phone Junky

    Oct 29, 2011
    Sunshine State
    Dropped my iPhone 6 Monday. Went online and set up genius appointment. I mistakingly thought it was for 1:40 that day but it was actually 1:40 Thursday. When I showed up, the person at the door checked for my appointment and said I didn't have one. That's when she told me to look at my confirmation email and there it said Thursday. She then made me an appointment for 45 minutes from then. After a total of 2 hours, I walked out with a new phone.

    Dropped the phone and shattered the screen at 12:45. Had the new phone at 3:20.
  9. tonyy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2011
    Apple using all or most of their resources for the Apple Watch is a huge mistake. After-sales service should not take a backseat to new products.

    A current customer (OP) shouldn't have to wait 5 days for his phone to be functional again because of someone that wants to try on and take a look at a watch. That's ridiculous. I hope Apple gets wind of this and allocates their staff appropriately.

    OP, it wouldn't hurt to email Tim Cook letting him know your situation. Who knows if it will do anything but it's worth a try.
  10. Cergman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2013
    my tesla
    If you have AppleCare+ then definitely setup an express replacement. Call or chat with the support team online here and they'll overnight you a new phone.

    Make sure they waive the fee as the service is included with AppleCare+. I've been told it wasn't included several times even though it states it on their site. If they try to charge you $29, refer to the 4th section of this document.
  11. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Agreed. Walk-in warranty repair and replacement is one of the reasons we stick with iOS devices. Dedicating all their resources to the Apple Watch and pushing back warranty servive doesn't make for good customer experience.
  12. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2009
    Its been like this for at least 2 months now. I'v noticed it get worse over the last 3 weeks or so. Anytime I go to make an appointment for a customer it used to be same day or within 2 days. Now its always 4 days and what makes no sense is there are 4 Apple stores within 30 miles of the ATT store I work at. Are the stores getting that much more traffic or the Geniuses are actually being used for other things?
  13. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Ah, perhaps Apple cut down on staffing then? Having a ton of same day appointments available suggest their personnel are being under utilized. Still, I think a 4+ day wait time might be too much given Apple's emphasis on customer satisfaction. Granted, that's the spoiled brat talking. Realistically speaking, 4-5 days is still a lot better than the 2 week to 3 months turnaround time I've experienced with other companies. :rolleyes:
  14. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2012
    Its worse for sure, used to be able to get an afternoon appointment, now its the next day where I live.
  15. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    It's the nature of dealing with the fashion-conscious buyer and inexperience on Apple's part. For other products, hesitation usually centers primarily around color, ram and storage capacity.
  16. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    I'm not liking the mess Apple is turning into because of Apple Watch. There is so much pretentiousness and obnoxiousness to the whole thing in how it's being sold and presented.

    Will be nice when this all dies down in a few months.
  17. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    I had an issue with my Mac and there were no appointments available in any of the London stores.

    I went into covent garden and they fitted me in - it's ridiculous how difficult it is to get help these days. Not the Apple we used to have.
  18. MsRandall macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2011
    Bay Area, Ca
    Yep I agree - seems to me Apple is moving away from what I loved about them. I hope that's a temporary thing but I always thought I felt lightening cables replacements and screen repairs should have their own reservations
  19. eliehass thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2008
    I just walked into an Apple Store to see if I can get any help despite not having an appointment. I was turned away and told that I can make an appointment for later in the week (which I already have).

    I miss the days when Apple would simply take you broken phone and swap it out for a new/refurbished model on the spot. No wait time.

    I am very upset at the decline in quality of service.
  20. JoeyD74 macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2014
    I just checked for an appointment and they are three days out. The thing that brought me to Apple was the service, if they feel waiting three or four days for service is acceptable I will be going with a different brand when the time comes.
    My phone is my life blood basically and I can't do business without it.
  21. AdamskiUK macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    A decline which comes with increased popularity, unfortunately. Short of opening new retail stores, there's little Apple can do. Any decent city will have 2 Apple Stores already, adding more and more seems financially unrealistic just to accommodate peak times such as on (dual) product releases.


    I always find that this is the case. I've always got to speak to a Genius quickly without an appointment if I needed to.
  22. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    It's not always the case though - I've seen people be refused.

    The ultimate problem here is that Apple shouldn't be pushing old customers out because they're launching a new product. If you use a Mac for business, waiting a week to get help isn't acceptable under any circumstances.

    It's also incredibly frustrating, as a customer, to try to get help and be told "No appointments available".
  23. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Is it much different in various other aspects of life? With many businesses something like walk-in or same-day appointments aren't something that even exists.
  24. uid15 Suspended


    Mar 9, 2015
    When does getting angry EVER progress you? Just be patient - people can only do SO much, at least Apple care about their products and customers. Yes, it can be frustrating, that's life at times, however :)
  25. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Thing is I reckon one of the reasons people are willing to pay a price premium for Apple products is because of the expectation of excellent customer service. I sincerely hope they don't move away from that paradigm and become just like most other tech companies in terms of customer service (or lack thereof).

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