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Apple Will Replace Your iPad for $99 If Battery Dies

by on March 13th, 2010

This is some awesome news for prospective iPad owners. Apple just released some battery replacement news on its website. If your iPad battery dies, you can pay $99 to have it replaced. Not the battery, but Apple will send you a new (or refurbished; we don’t know the details yet) replacement iPad!

All you have to do is sync your device as their policy states your data will not be backed up. Not a big deal as syncing is dead easy with iTunes! This policy varies from the existing iPhone replacement policy. Take a look at how the two differ:

iPad:

“If your iPad requires service due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee.”

iPhone:

“If your iPhone requires service only because the battery’s ability to hold an electrical charge has diminished, Apple will service your iPhone for a service fee.”

It’s interesting that Apple has taken this change of policy towards the iPad. They could easily be saving money through the labour involved in opening up the iPad and replacing the battery. These “sent in” iPads could then have their batteries replaced and be sold as refurbished units.

Either way, I think this is awesome news for iPad owners. Pay $99 plus shipping and you’ll get a replacement iPad. Very interesting news!

What do you think? Great news or what? iPhone owners must feel perplexed about this new policy though!

[Engadget]

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  • Dev

    i would expect that if it's in the first 12 months (under warranty) they would replace it for free?

  • iVictoria

    Where does it say in the policy that Apple will replace your malfunctioning unit with a BRAND NEW (read unused) iPad? It doesn't say that, it says: “…Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee.” Likely you will get someone else's refurbished unit. This may or may not be great and if you've invested in InvisibleShield you will have to add the cost of replacing that protection to the Apple “service fee” to determine the total cost of replacing your battery unless InvisibleShield's lifetime replacement warranty covers this event. While this Apple policy sounds great at first, think about it, it will cost $100+ just to replace a battery and you may get someone else's abused iPad in the process. What happens if your iPad was jail broken? You may not qualify for this program because that would be an unauthorized modification to the unit; many unanswered questions.

  • iVictoria

    Where does it say in the policy that Apple will replace your malfunctioning unit with a BRAND NEW (read unused) iPad? It doesn't say that, it says: “…Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee.” Likely you will get someone else's refurbished unit. This may or may not be great and if you've invested in InvisibleShield you will have to add the cost of replacing that protection to the Apple “service fee” to determine the total cost of replacing your battery unless InvisibleShield's lifetime replacement warranty covers this event. While this Apple policy sounds great at first, think about it, it will cost $100+ just to replace a battery and you may get someone else's abused iPad in the process. What happens if your iPad was jail broken? You may not qualify for this program because that would be an unauthorized modification to the unit; many unanswered questions.

  • gtasscarlo

    BRAND NEW replacement iPad, Replacement meaning “Factory service model” also refurbed, iphone has the same thing but thats overnight prioity shipping for any problem, only 29 bucks free if you go into the apple store and get it replaced, why do you have to pay 100 to repair your defective ipad

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