I’m going to qualify my post from the outset by stating that my experiences with Apple Support have generally always been positive. Whether over the phone, via Chat or at the Apple Store, reps have always done their best to help me.
Unfortunately this hasn’t been the case with a problem I have with my late-2016 15" Intel MacBook Pro. It was my main work machine and always worked perfectly. In the fall of 2020, I started seeing system alerts that the battery needed service.
I took it to Apple and paid $269 CAN for a battery replacement.
When I went to pick up the machine, I was informed that when replacing the battery, they had to also replaced the logic board. Initially the store tried to charge me for the replacement ($1,000), but they quickly selected. As I later discovered, the original logic board was damaged during the battery service resulting in the replacement.
I soon discovered that the MacBook Pro was no longer usable. I was plagued by crashes, beachballs and kernel panics on an almost daily basis. I wondered if something was corrupted in the Time Machine backup that I had restored to the machine, but even if I ran a minimal, bare system, the problems would reoccur.
I must’ve erased, partitioned and reinstalled the system at least a dozen times.
I also opened Apple Support cases and took it back to Apple at least 2x during the 90-day part warranty period. My local Apple Store was offering reduced service due to COVID, but they would run Apple Diagnostics and “observe” the machine in the shop. They were unable to find ANY hardware issues with the machine.
After a couple of months of struggling with the machine I threw up my hands and bought a new 13" M1 MBP for work. I initially kept following up with Apple Support, because the battery replacement was becoming a sunk cost that I wanted to recoup. And the machine was in perfect working order before Apple touched it. Eventually I had so much time that I gave up.
A couple of weeks ago I reopened the case and took the machine in for service yet again. Once again, despite an Apple Genius observing repeatedly that I couldn’t get past the login screen without a kernel panic, they could find no hardware problems with the computer.
I was told that although they believed that the computer wasn’t working correctly, Apple wouldn’t let them do anything about it (i.e. replace the logic board/onboard storage again) until they could isolate the problem.
So I escalated the case to Apple Engineering. They sent me a Capture Data application to collect logs generated during normal computer use. I had erased and restored the machine YET AGAIN, and for the time being it has more or less behaved, but unrepairable disk errors prevent me from doing certain things or daring to do any real work with it.
I’m at my wit’s end… At this point, salvaging the computer has become a matter of principle. I paid for a repair that effectively rendered the computer unusable. It’s clearly (to me) Apple’s fault and yet despite a lot of sympathy from individual support people, they have done nothing to resolve the issue.
END OF RANT