∞ Apple will replace iPad with new one for $99 if battery dies

With all of the hype surrounding the iPad in the past couple of days, we missed an interesting page on Apple’s Web site: Battery Replacement. According to the FAQs if your iPad dies “due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge,” Apple will replace it for you. There is a cost of $99 plus shipping, which all comes out to $105.95 per unit.

If you smash your iPad, you’re not covered. Common sense, but they have to mention it:

Note: Your iPad is not eligible for Battery Replacement Service if the product has been damaged, for example, as result of an accident, liquid contact, disassembly, unauthorized service or unauthorized modifications, or if the product is not operating correctly as a result of a component failure. Please review Apple’s Repair Terms and Conditions for further details.

Apple will also not transfer your data, but if you sync it to your computer, you already have your data.

This is a great policy considering how much criticism Apple has taken over the years because iPod batteries die and can’t be replaced by the customer.

[Hat Tip to Danny for the link]

  • So what I am reading is that no matter how old your iPad is, if it still works (plugged in) and isn't physically mangled they will give you a new one for $99?

    Sounds awesome to me! I'm just wondering how long of a warrantee they give you on the unit you receive back.

    • Danny

      Well, most likley not new. But refurbished

    • Certainly a good question and one that isn't answered on Apple's site that I could find.

      • Matt

        Out of warranty replacement iPhones and iPods come with a 90-day warranty. I bet it will be the same here.

  • They already do this for the iPhone so I'm not surprised. I thought they did it for the iPod too.

    • True, but and iPod or iPhone costs only about $150-$300. But and replacing and iPad that could cost up to $829 for only $99, I'm certainly surprised.

      • Matt

        iPhone's cost $499 to $699. AT&T's subsidy doesn't come into play for a service replacement.

        • How are you sure that it doesn't come into play with service replacement?

  • Jim

    Yeah, I can't believe that this is a "forever" warranty. If you simply hold on to your 1st gen iPad for a few years, you get a totally brand new one? I mean, what are the chance of Apple having a stockpile of gen 1 iPads laying around years from now…

  • No Warranty for iPad's component failure? Isn't that where the majority of the failure happens (broken transistors, etc)?bookmarked

  • Guest

    ipad <3

  • Arriane

    Time pass by so fast, I still remember the days when iPad was released many had been curious about it and so on. Now there are currently three iPad models and the 4th one will be released soon.