Took my Apple Watch S2 to the Genius Bar for a microphone repair

jc0187

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Apr 10, 2017
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Hello. I was having issues with my Watch's' microphone. Last week it suddenly stopped working but I was having issues with it on and off for awhile so I decided to have Apple look at it. Yesterday I got an email from Apple Care saying there was a crack on the inside of the screen, where the case meets the screen ( one Apple tech tells me). From the pictures that they sent, it looks like the cracks are on the underside where the sensor sits on the wrist. Due to these mysterious cracks that were not there before I brought the watch into Apple, I am now told that my warranty is voided and that I would need to pay the AppleCare replacement fee of $75. When I contacted them to inform them that my watch is only 2 months old and that it has been in a Spidgen case with a glass screen protector since day one, and the fact that these cracks were not there when I had originally brought it into Apple, I was confused as to how the exterior of the watch can look in pristine condition and yet have cracks on the inside. I was then transferred to a senior manager at the repair facility and was told that these cracks could have happened in shipping the watch to them or it could simply be a manufacturer defect and that they will cover the repair costs. I was told that they haven't been able to look into the microphone issue yet either.

I feel pretty angry about the whole deal. These cracks were not there the day it was brought into Apple, and then the techs think that the cracks could be a result of shipping or a manufacturer defect and that they will do me a favor by repairing the watch for free. I feel burned by the whole ordeal. I was curious to know if anyone else on this forum has experienced anything like this? If I was to expect a new replacement watch for the manufacturer defect, would I be asking for too much?
 

jc0187

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Apr 10, 2017
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You will most likely get a replacement watch anyway.
I hope so. I told the senior manager that I don't want a watch that has manufactured defects sent back to me. I paid good money for a new watch, not one that was already broken.
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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I hope so. I told the senior manager that I don't want a watch that has manufactured defects sent back to me. I paid good money for a new watch, not one that was already broken.
Just to clarify, a Replacement Watch is essentially a refurbished watch from Apple that carries a warranty. It will likely not be "New."
 

noteple

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Suffice to say what you receive as a replacement will be in better condition then what they received