Episode 195 – Trillion Dollar WiFi Fail

Sparse show notes this week, as it has been a VERY busy weekend. I cover 3 topics this week – my visit to EGX, the NEW Apple Watch, and iPhone, and my initial thoughts of the Sonos Beam, after my abandonment of the Homepods.

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Open Letter to Tim Cook

Hi Tim

Sorry to disturb your Saturday, after what must’ve been a very long and exciting day yesterday with the launch of the iPhone Xs, MAX, and Series 4 Apple Watch.
The GOOD news is my Black Apple Watch arrived yesterday – it’s my third, and I love it!
BAD news though, is after managing to buy a new iPhone every year since 2007, I am sitting here without the latest model. I’ve been on the Apple Upgrade Program (AUP) now for 2 years, and upgraded to the X last November. I excitingly woke up early on the 14th and preordered my new phone for collection today from the UK Apple Store in Reading.
I drove the 40 minutes in the pouring rain to get there, extremely tired after a 15 hour working day yesterday, and got to the branch at 8:40am – to be told Apple that the wifi was down – nothing would be happening today –  NO reservations, no Genius Bar, nothing.
There were 30 disappointed people in that queue. We were told to wait for news. (And promised a donut for good measure – which I never got BTW)
At 9am the doors opened – and chaos ensued. The staff didn’t know what to do or say. The ONE person in the branch who was trying to sort things out was inundated with less than patient customers. The upshot is Tim is that for the first time ever, I am without the latest, greatest iPhone. Its not the end of the world, I am extremely fortunate to be moaning abut something which is relatively trivial in the bigger scheme of things. But, Tim, a trillion dollar company unable to sell its most loyal customers a £1000+ Apple product because the IT is down? I suggested to the lady to use my iPhone as a hotspot, but apparently that wouldn’t work.
So, Tim, what use is the AUP, if at the end of the day I can’t upgrade?  I can’t get back to Reading for at least 2 weeks, my work diary is horrendous, and I can’t really justify to my family that I give up another 2 hours of my life to give you more of my hard earned cash. I have lost confidence in the AUP. I am better off buying phones outright, or dealing with the mobile phone companies. Can I just end the AUP, and give you my old phone back, and bring this relationship to an end?
Your thoughts please Tim
Happy iPhone Day
David
PS Tried to email you, but your SMTP server rejected it – either its full, or another IT glitch perhaps?