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iPad Battery Replacement Program Replaces Entire iPad not Just the Battery

Apple has posted information regarding their iPad Battery Replacement Service, which offers replacement of the entire device instead of just the battery for $99 (plus $6.95).

You will receive a replacement iPad that will not contain any of your personal data. Before you submit your iPad for service, it is important to sync your iPad with iTunes to back up your contacts, calendars, email account settings, bookmarks, apps, etc. Apple is not responsible for the loss of information when servicing your iPad.

Apple estimates that it will take around a week for the transaction to complete and can be set up through Apple’s retail stores, Apple technical support, or Apple Authorized Service Providers. Of course, any iPad that has had unauthorized service of modifications performed on them will not be covered under the program.

Let me be clear, I don’t know how Apple functions, but to me this battery replacement program says one of two things. Either Apple thinks they won’t be replacing too many of these batteries, or (more likely) Apple is selling these devices at such a markup that they can afford to replace the entire device if something should go awry. Regardless, replacing the entire device simply because the battery went bad seems a little odd.

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