Adventures Acquiring iPhone X and First Impressions

Hello on iPhone XLast week I told you about how Steve and I managed to bork the order of a second iPhone X and how I’d promised him he could have the one coming on day one, November 3rd. I also told you that Pat Dengler’s order got messed up too so we were going to brave the lines on the 3rd.

The planning and strategy we went through were about as elaborate as that in the movie Ocean’s Eleven. At least that’s what my friend Ron said when I told him what we were doing.

When the iPhone 4 came out, I stood in line at the store in Manhattan Beach. It was a disaster. I had a phone pre-ordered and only went there to pick it up. That line took 10.5 hours! The worst part of this was my friend Niraj texting me about how quick everything went out at the Cerritos store near his house. It was around 2 hours of line time even for people who didn’t preorder!

When Pat and I started planning, I suggested this magical store in Cerritos, based on Niraj’s story from so long ago. While the story was old, there was a bit of logic to choosing Cerritos. This store is quite large but is in a less affluent area than the other Apple Stores within a half hour of my house. I know, I’m spoiled to have so many choices! Continue reading “Adventures Acquiring iPhone X and First Impressions”

I Just Can’t Win

Al after 10 hours in lineBefore I go on this particular rant, I want to make sure to state that I have been incredibly blessed in my life in every way and that I realize this is a petty and small problem I feel compelled to describe to you.

When it comes to ordering Apple gear, I fell like the cartoon character Ziggy. Remember him? He’s the guy for whom everything seems to go wrong.

If you’ve been listening for a long time, you’ll remember when the iPhone 4 first came out. Rather than have it delivered to my house, I pre-ordered and got up at the crack of dawn and stood in line outside the Apple Store at 6:30 am. But while everyone who chose home delivery happily got theirs throughout the day, it took TEN HOURS for me to get my phone.

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How Did Someone Else’s Credit Card Get in My Apple ID?

Happy apple orderToday something truly disturbing happened with my Apple ID. It all started last night when I used my iPad Pro to buy a Hue Hub from the Apple Store using Apple Pay. When prompted I happily put my finger on TouchID and the website confirmed that my payment had been accepted. A few minutes later I got a confirmation that my order was being prepared. It included an order number ending in 9168.

In the morning when I got up, I had an email from Apple entitled “Action Required” and referenced the same order number 9168. In the email they politely explained that my credit card provider had declined payment. In the email was a link to Order Status that I was encouraged to click to verify my payment. Now I’m not one to click links in emails but clearly this was my order so I clicked away.

When I got to Order Status, the Hue Hub was not in the list of orders. I could see the watchband I bought last week, but not the most recent order. That was weird. Continue reading “How Did Someone Else’s Credit Card Get in My Apple ID?”

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