A Positive Experience at the Apple Store
Submitted by bobweiner on October 14, 2009 - 21:27
I had a really good experience with the Apple Store Genius Bar today, and I thought Iâ€™d share it.
Over the past few weeks, I have become more attuned to my (early 2008 model) Macbook Proâ€™s battery performance. In the past, I could get a full 2.5 hours per charge; the last few weeks the battery was getting under an hour from a full charge. The machine is still under warranty.
So, realizing that my warranty would be expiring soon, I made the decision to book an appointment with the Genius Bar. Iâ€™d tried doing this a few weeks ago, but all available time slots were taken.
This morning, when I made my reservation, only one time slot was open (1:20PM). I took it. I brought the laptop and power cable to the Apple Store at the International Plaza Mall, in Tampa.
I brought the laptop up to the Genius working at the bar, and described the problem I was having. He powered the machine down, inserted a USB thumb drive labeled â€œbattery testâ€ and powered the machine back up. On the screen was a diagram of the battery, divided into 3 main sections. All sections were showing red, with a message below confirming the battery failure. The Genius asked me if Iâ€™d noticed poor battery performance, made a few notes in the system, then returned back from the stock room with a replacement battery in hand. I signed some paperwork and was out of the store in all of 10 minutes.
It was a very pleasant experience. I didnâ€™t have to wait for more than a few minutes. Everyone I encountered was pleasant and friendly. In sum, I left feeling satisfied. Every little exchange and nuance of a customerâ€™s experience forms an impression about the brand. Iâ€™m pleased to say that, this time, Apple came thru with flying colors.