Apple Now Requires an Apple ID to Make Online Genius Bar Appointments

Posted September 12, 2013 at 8:51pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7307 views

Apple is now requiring that you sign in with an Apple ID to make an online Genius Bar appointment at your local Apple Store, observes TechCrunch.

The reasons for this are manifold but there is an ongoing effort to tie in a user’s Apple ID with all of their actions in Apple’s ecosystem. This new procedure is in place for Genius Bar and Workshop appointments and there is now a profile page that allows you to see all of your appointments past and present.

The site says the change is also to "give the control of a Genius Bar appointment to a user directly, who must know their credentials and enter them before being able to confirm a payment."

Another factor may be the time savings. Instead of having to enter a user's information when they arrive for the appointment it will already be populated.

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Swanny - September 14, 2013 at 4:28am
Ermm, haven't they always needed an Apple ID? At least when booking through the Apple Store app?
! - September 12, 2013 at 10:04pm
Ya, but why do they have iOS 7 running ont devices from the "What Can We Help You With?" Menu? It might confuse people.
@idaily_reporter Twitter and Instagram - September 12, 2013 at 9:31pm
They are only doing this to brag how many "new users" they got this quarter at their next keynote.
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