I was casually walking back to my car when my right ankle buckled. In order to prevent me from twisting my ankle, my body reacted by falling appropriately. Unfortunately for me, I was holding my new 3rd generation iPad (64GB with 4G) at the time.
Long Story, Short On How It Happened
Earlier that day I was on a sailboat and I bent my right ankle in an awkward way when helping tie one of the lines to the dock. This made my ankle weak for the rest of the day.
When I was walking back to the car, I stepped down from a grass area to a parking lot when my ankle buckled and I started going down. When the iPad flew out of my hands, it was like watching it in slow motion when it hit face-down on the pavement.
Good News / Bad News
The good news is that the iPad still works. I can still use it but not too much unless I want shards of glass in my fingertips. What’s more important is I can back it up before having to bring it to the Apple Store.
The bad news is that no warranty covers this, which means I’m going to have to pay Apple more money to get it “fixed”. They don’t technically fix iPad’s in this condition. They give you a refurbished version of the same model with a new warranty.
The Apple Store
Not even 10 minutes after dropping the iPad, I used my iPhone to make an appointment for the next morning at the Apple Store. Some quick Google searching revealed that Apple has a flat price for repairs; which is $299 in my case.
This means no matter what the damage, even minor, you pay $299. This seems to be standard for some hardware companies; I know Nintendo does this as well. There’s bad sides to that system, especially if you only have a small crack in your screen. The flip side is that you can practically take a sledgehammer to the iPad and only pay $299. (DON’T ACTUALLY DO THIS!)
That slip and fall in the parking lot cost me $299 + tax, but it also bummed me out to the point where I couldn’t do any productive work for the rest of the day.
I did turn the negative into a positive by writing a blog post about it. The big lesson here is simply be more careful when handling your devices, and be prepared by having recent backups, and a little money saved up for times like this.