iPad Pro Should I be worried?

geemiller05

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Called myself saving a few bucks by buying an iPad Pro 128GB cellular from Amazon. Package delivered today and I noticed the words on the back were in Spanish. Also the model number wasn't able to be found on everything Mac but my 256GB model was. The sticker on the back is also significantly longer than my 256 box and no Apple SIM came included like my 256 did. As the title says, should I be concerned? Or is it possible to have the differences and omissions because it was originally in a different market?
 

maclancer

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Called myself saving a few bucks by buying an iPad Pro 128GB cellular from Amazon. Package delivered today and I noticed the words on the back were in Spanish. Also the model number wasn't able to be found on everything Mac but my 256GB model was. The sticker on the back is also significantly longer than my 256 box and no Apple SIM came included like my 256 did. As the title says, should I be concerned? Or is it possible to have the differences and omissions because it was originally in a different market?
I will return it and get the money back.
 

spriter

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Hmm... I've had imports from other markets on an Air 2 and Iphones but they looked like-for-like. Exactly the same except for the model number on the back.

Refund time while you can. Amazon should help if need be. Then go the Apple route. 'Saving' a few hundred isn't saving if it's throwing away many hundreds. Not worth the worry or questioning what you receive long-term.

Good luck.
 
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geemiller05

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Thanks guys. Did some detective work. iPad was originally in different country. Model ML2I2. Apple sim isn't supported on their carriers so it didn't come with one. The verbiage is a little different on the back. 256GB says 12.9 under it. The packaging for the new one doesn't. Now the issue is do I take pride in saving myself $300 or do I bite the bullet and remain future proofed with the 256GB :( I imagine I'll want another iPad within 2 years but if it weren't for me trading in a Mac and iPad Air I never would've shelled out of pocket $1700+ for a tablet of any sort.
 

baypharm

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And this my friends is why you should always pay more and buy from a legitimate seller. This would have never happened if bought from Apple.com or BestBuy.
 

ForkHandles

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iPads are are iPads! If you are confident that it was made by a bunch of overworked, underpaid Chinese people at Foxconn then the device is good. I have apple products from different parts of the world bought in airports, apart from the plug that comes with them they are all the same. I would take pride in your bargain find.
 

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I am from Chile South America and actually Apple boxes here are different from the ones in the US, for example on iPhones 6s the US version had the information on the back on stickers while the version sold here has it printed directly on the box. Also for example the 6s of US doesn't have that logos of certifications like CE, F etc. on the back but the chilean version does have it.
 
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TrueBlou

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Well if it looks like an iPad, works like an iPad and tastes like an iPad, it's an iPad.

You often get sellers on Amazon and the like selling imports from different countries to slash the price down and they do often come with little differences.

It's covered by a worldwide warranty anyway so if you're happy with it, why not be glad you saved a bit of cash and keep it until your next upgrade.
 

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Called myself saving a few bucks by buying an iPad Pro 128GB cellular from Amazon. Package delivered today and I noticed the words on the back were in Spanish. Also the model number wasn't able to be found on everything Mac but my 256GB model was. The sticker on the back is also significantly longer than my 256 box and no Apple SIM came included like my 256 did. As the title says, should I be concerned? Or is it possible to have the differences and omissions because it was originally in a different market?
Return it quickly as you can and get your money back. Maybe you file a report on Amazon too.
 

Channan

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Why? Unless they stated it would be a US model with English packaging, the seller didn't do anything wrong. They sold an iPad and they shipped an iPad.

If OP is nervous, he can return it, but I see no reason to report the seller.
 
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lauramayer

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If OP needs warranty, it's better if its a US model....so yes, send it back to Amazon.
 

geemiller05

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Thanks guys for all the input. I decided to return the bargain iPad and keep my current Pro.
1. I'm not the wealthiest person out there and may not be in this position to splurge on another iPad Pro should a new one drop next year. Which brings me to...
2. 256 is future proofed for me. I prefer to keep all of my content on device. In the event I do hold on to this one for another year or two or three the 256 will better serve me than a 128.
3. I indeed saved a couple hundred dollars by grabbing the 128 but at the expense of cutting my storage in half. When I reflect on #2 it makes the money saved less important. I traded my rMacBook and air 2 in so I still got a healthy "discount".
4. I felt uneasy about the whole package and device once received. It's my fault for not realizing iPads are slightly different at least in packaging in different markets. I just felt better about keeping my "US" iPad.
 

richpjr

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Most of the iPads on Amazon are listed if they are international models. I just picked one up, making sure it was from a US company and through Amazon Prime. Paid about $30 more for it, but peace of mind and ease of return was worth it (and still substantially cheaper than buying through Apple).
 
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maclancer

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Most of the iPads on Amazon are listed if they are international models. I just picked one up, making sure it was from a US company and through Amazon Prime. Paid about $30 more for it, but peace of mind and ease of return was worth it (and still substantially cheaper than buying through Apple).
Yup... Specially if they are refurbished... I bought an iPad mini 3 refurbished... Came with warranty until September and on top of that I bought an AppleCare for extra long term support and peace of mind!
 

Rodan52

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I bought a new iPhone 5s in Indonesia, packaging different and a little sticker left of lightening port otherwise identical to my old Australian model. However it did turn out to be dual band, GSM and CDMA. This caused one small problem with updating the iOS to the current iOS 9.0 I had to download the CDMA version as an IPSW file. After that subsequent updates from Apple have been no trouble.