Air 2 DOA / AppleCare Experience
Well... I ordered two new iPads on Black Friday from Apple.com. One worked out of the box... the other not so much.
On initial setup, it failed Touch ID setup immediately and would not allow me to Try Again. So I finished setup and tried to set up Touch ID in the Settings app. No go, same issue, Touch ID immediately failed and would not try again. Next I tried to update from 8.1 to 8.1.1 OTA and THAT failed.
I figured the next step was to try a fresh install, so I wiped it and tried to install as new. Ran in to the Touch ID setup issue again, so off to AppleCare I went. The first call they asked me to install from iTunes, so I tried that. The update to 8.1.1 failed on verify and bricked the iPad. We put it in to DFU mode and tried again, which led to error 53 in iTunes on Verify. At that point AppleCare told me to reinstall iTunes. So I did, and called back and missed their hours by 2 minutes. Oy!
Thankfully I found the return 800 number on the invoice and chatted with them to get the exchange process started, which I have the label for this morning and I'm going to drop off at FedEx in a bit.
Sorry for rambling, but I guess my main point is that I'm a bit disappointed in AppleCare. Maybe Amazon spoiled me with some really great customer service experiences over the years, or Zappos, but Apple's system seems antiquated. The ship back label is a Two-Day FedEx label. And only when they receive it will they send off a repaired or a new iPad. There's no advanced exchange? No overnight? I understand doing some troubleshooting up front, and I realize a lot of people could have immediate assistance at an Apple Store (closest to me 175+ miles away), but it just seems like Apple is in no hurry to make a defective product right. I'm also shocked that AppleCare isn't available 24/7.
Has anyone had a similar experience?