Will it be impossible for me to buy an iPad this week???


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Mar 11, 2012
No...this isn't a post about stock availability!

I'm going to go into my local Apple store this week and buy a 64GB LTE model in black, along with a black leather smart cover and maybe even an ATV...but...I'm really wondering what percentage of units have "less than ideal" quality control issues? Based on what users are commenting on here in macforums, I'm going to look carefully at the unit and examine it for:

1. Dead pixels...if I see any signs of dead pixels I will reject it.
2. Yellowish Display...anything that looks yellow/pink or color shifty gets rejected.
3. Exposed LED array areas at top or bottom in portrait mode when viewed from acute angles...I'll be checking for this oddity too.
4. Gouges/scratches on back of aluminum case...ick.
5. Tooling marks left on the device's edges from improperly used tools during assembly...ick again.

I think that should cover it...but what I'm afraid of is that there aren't any such defect-free units out there!

When buying an iPad do they let you turn it on and let you handle and carefully examine it before buying it...or do you have to pay for it first, then "return/exchange" it right there at that time?


macrumors 68030
Dec 14, 2009
Yardley, PA
It should be readily available. If there's an issue, return/exchange it. I'm sure it'll be fine. Reports of widespread issues are blown out of porportion.

Enjoy the new iPad. :)


macrumors regular
Mar 27, 2009
My new iPad was delivered Friday, with no issues.

Walked into the Nashville Apple store Saturday morning just befer 10:00, they opend early. No crowd, bought a new cover and was out in 5 minutes.

I doubt there will be a problem.


macrumors regular
Jan 7, 2011
I went to target yesterday and they at least three of all the iPad models except for Verizon ones. Buy one, if it has a defect, exchange it.