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Just bought a third-gen iPad? Apple might replace it with iPad 4 for free

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Just bought a third-gen iPad? Apple might replace it with iPad 4 for free
In case you are reading this article, you are most likely an owner of the new iPad that isn't that new anymore. That's because Apple just announced a newer, upgraded version of its 9.7-inch tablet, with a faster processor, enhanced wireless connectivity, and a better front-facing cam. Now you are probably cursing Apple for bringing an upgraded model only 7 months after unveiling the previous one, but word on the street has it that you might be entitled to a free replacement, under certain conditions, of course.

Just bought a third-gen iPad? Apple might replace it with iPad 4 for free
Customers who purchased a third-gen iPad within 30 days of the iPad 4 announcement will be given the newer iPad model in exchange of their old one at no extra cost. As you might expect, your unit will not be eligible if scratched or damaged in any way. Word supposedly comes from an Apple Care representative, so the information provided is likely to be correct. So far we've heard that at least some retail stores will honor iPad exchanges, but there is no guarantee that all outlets that sell iPads will do so. Therefore, it is advisable to give a call before going there, just to make sure that your iPad will be accepted.

source: @TubbyEmu (Twitter) via CNET

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posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:55 6

1. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


That's one of the many cool things about apples customer service.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:01 14

4. Bridgep0rt (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Still gotta buy new cables, Lol.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 18:18 6

17. AnTuTu (Posts: 976; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Because they have used totally different plug.

hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:57 14

9. RomeoJDR (Posts: 242; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


How is this an example of good customer service? Like most businesses, Apple has a 30 day return policy already in place as long as the product is in new condition. They are just rewording their own policy to make it look like they are doing something good for the customer.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 04:11 1

24. philip_1 (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Jul 2009)


Absolutely right!
And is this return option will be in all countries and all shops??
Then apple will not make money at all!
And what if someone own an Ipad3 31 days??ohh yeah,, it is very old to give it back!

...B@ll - Seat...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 21:07 2

21. MeoCao (unregistered)


I don't think so, it's b-c of 30 day trial period, you can return the iPad 3 anyway.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:13

25. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 867; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


First lets see if its true. I'm as skeptical about this as a Foxconn employee is about a raise.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:30

26. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1655; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


OH WOW a 30 day warranty, no customer service has that anywhere but Apple!!! Yayyyyyy....give me a f**king break

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:00 2

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I LOVE Sharon Vaknin of CNET fame. So hot!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:00 1

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


so wait you can return a product get what you pay for it back and buy another product with it? lol talk to us when exchange period is 45 days and not the standard 30 lol

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:12 7

5. Brewski (Posts: 122; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


I just bought an iPad 3 two weeks ago.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:21 1

6. imkyle (Posts: 1023; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Apple Customer Service is fantastic.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:15 3

10. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


wow...really shock me apple....

you announce a lot lately and never thought you'll announce iPad 4 on the same year that the iPad 3 is announce....but after steve died, your security sucks! all the leaks are real!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:16 1

11. dicemoney (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)


Stfu u can return and get your money back or exchange for a newer model if its the same price or return it now get your money back and buy the new one when they realease it now u can go eat a D1(k

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 18:12 1

15. Rydsmith (Posts: 198; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


I think I just became mentally wetrarded.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:44 2

13. kcombs (Posts: 254; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


There will be one more iPad3 on eBay soon, time to switch to an Android tablet.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 18:07

14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Well that's awful nice of them.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 18:14

16. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i think the reason why apple is releasing iPad 4 and iPad mini is that they want to flood the market like android do..

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 19:58

27. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


they can't compete with android in terms of volume or quantity

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 18:55 1

18. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


i call bollocks. Apple is way too cheap for such a promo.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 19:17

19. absolete (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


It'd be better if they swap the iPad for nexus 7 hahahaha

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 20:01

20. lnguyen7186 (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Thank you Apple you the best.*** best of the best**** of all smart phones and tablets that I have used!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 21:50

22. techytechtech (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


if that is true it is really and truly an awesome move from apple to keep the customers interested and feeling they are being loved and cared for.

i wish it was a little longer though maybe like 3 to 4 months then it would have been a nail on the coffin.

but still big up to apple for doing it up even a monthly period. and it is justified with the amount people spill on their products anyways.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 00:59

23. saiki4116 (Posts: 365; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


What's the problem for Apple, they are taking the ipad 3 replacing it with ipad4 and selling refurbished ipad3 for 379$...either way good deal for apple...

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 23:15

28. lnguyen7186 (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Android is a kids play ground with no life, widget this, widget that, for what? Like i said is it a child's phone.

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