First generation Apple Watch units with a bloated battery now have three-years of warranty protection

First generation Apple Watch units with a bloated battery now have three-years of warranty protection
A leaked internal document not meant for the eyes of the general public, reveals that Apple is adding two-free years to the limited warranty on any original generation Apple Watch with a swollen or expanded battery. This means that owners of a first gen Apple smartwatch with a swollen juicer, now have warranty protection for a total of three-years from the date of purchase. The wearable was originally launched on April 24th 2015, which means that the device turned two-years old last week.

Apple products with a swollen cell are usually given an extended two-year limited warranty, one year beyond the regular one-year warranty length. According to the internal document, Apple is adding a second free-year to owners of the first-gen Apple Watch with a bloated battery.

While OG Apple Watch users experiencing the battery swelling have posted about it on the Apple support forum and on Reddit, this is an issue that hasn't received much press prior to today's leak. If you own a first-gen Apple Watch,  just know that Apple will honor the limited warranty if you bring it in for repair within three-years from the date that you purchased the device.


source: 9to5Mac

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23 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

That's cool.

2. zebraman

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

No that's bad. They should do a product recall

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

A recall lol, not going to happen. Same thing happened with the iPhone 5 and all Apple did was offer free batteries for a couple of years, kinda like what they are doing now.

9. Nopers unregistered

What do you expect them to do? Recall all the first gen Apple watches and replace them? They aren't manufacturing them any more, only the batteries so they'd have to replace them for series 1 watches.

17. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Offer a discount on a new one.

6. Unordinary unregistered

I don't see Apple Watches exploding left and right every other day like something else that was recalled, twice.

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Wow, you're just as bad as those fandroids who hasn't moved on from antennagate/bendgate yet. Kids these days.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A battery that sells should be a safety concern. Why do we have to wait for zones write to be blown off? You're just astgupid dude. Do you have one? Maybe you can be the first statistic. The battery swells, which means it could catch fire, which means if it does it will cause injury. It's defective. They should be replaced with a newer model and the old models remove from being sold. U til someone gets hurt or files a lawsuit, Apple will never do the right thing or be made to do so. This has nothing to do with the Note 7. Anytime you idiot regurgitate the Note 7 you sound stulid.

19. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

The difference is that the batteries on the Apple Watch is safe unlikd the Note 7. If you say batteries that are in the market should be of concern, then consider the Note 7 which got pulled out because of defective batteries and other hardware issues etc.

15. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

With batteries swelling it could happen. Tell me you are not that dumb to know that.

22. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

But apparently their watches are crap anyway.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Same as the iPhone 5 smh!

5. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Good move. Credit, Apple.

8. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

I know ONE place where a 'bloated-battery' Apple watch will never be found: on my wrist!

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just get a series 1 or 2. Better yet, get a Gear S3, it works with android and iOS.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The GS3 sucks with iOS though. To this day the weather widget won't work with my iPhone 7. So glad I have a Galaxy

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Neither the original Samsung Gear or Gear S, had such a problem. Quality over quantity for Samsung and quantity over quality for Apple.

20. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

More like quality over profit and profit over quality.

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Good gesture from Apple, credits.

16. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Really, that's cool!! No it's not cool. They should replace the watch or offer a discount on a new one.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Technically, they are. It's covered under warranty, so you get it repaired, which is the same as getting a replacement, considering Apple replaces with refurbs. It's a good move.

21. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

One reason why Apple's support is the best there is.

23. bassline7

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 24, 2017

just open the watch and pierce the battery case with a needle and thats it ! only the batt case is bloated/swollen not the battery. i have the same issue and this solves my problem

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