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.
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.