Some Apple Stores Will Let You Swap Your 3rd Gen iPad For The New 4th Gen Within 30 Days

Some Apple Stores Will Let You Swap Your 3rd Gen iPad For The New 4th Gen Within 30 Days

Pick up a new iPad within the last 30 days? Ask Apple to swap it for the latest model.

While some companies churn out new smartphones and tablets every month, Apple has traditionally given us at least 12 months with our iOS devices before replacing them with newer models. So it was a big surprise to us all when it announced a new and improved fourth-generation iPad on Tuesday, just seven months after the third-generation iPad went on sale.

If you bought a “new” iPad within the last 30 days, however, don’t be too miffed your device is already obsolete — because you could be one of the lucky ones. If you take your device into an Apple Store, there’s a chance you’ll be able to swap it for a brand new, fourth-generation model free of charge.

Apple customers and even its staff have been confirming that certain retail stores in the United States and the United Kingdom — and possibly in other countries, too — are swapping the third-generation iPad for the fourth-generation iPad for customers who purchased their device within the last 30 days.

ZDNet reports that stores in Birmingham, Aberdeen, and Kingston in the U.K. have all confirmed they are aware of the deal, while CNET is reporting that certain stores in the U.S. are also aware.

Some stores, however, including Manchester and Cardiff in the U.K., hadn’t heard anything from Apple.

If you’re one of those customers who purchased a new iPad within the last 30 days, then, it’s worth popping into your local store to see whether you can get it swapped. But don’t forget the fourth-generation iPad doesn’t go on sale until November 2, so you won’t be able to get one until then.

The latest iPad features a faster A6X processor, a FaceTime HD camera capable of shooting 720p video, and Apple’s new Lightning connector.

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  • FriarNurgle

    Duh, this is standard 30 day return policy crap. I’d bet they extend this to iPad 3 purchases made a within the last couple/few months.

  • BigLama

    man this is wack! Im pretty pissed that my ipad is now old.

  • Koban4max

    I thought it was 14-days return.

  • touchofreality

    I just want to know what Apple is hiding (what did they find in the “iPad 3″) that made them replace the entire line so soon. Why isn’t anyone asking questions? I mean, it is not even being offered on the Apple Store website anymore. I feel really sorry for all the iFollowers. But then, Apple does this to all of their fans every two years and everyone blindly keeps consuming their products.

  • ActionableMango

    Hmmmm. I predict lots of iPad3 devices stocked in the refurb store shortly thereafter.

  • Stuka_UK

    I’d be prepared to pay an uplift to swap mine…. which was bought 5 months ago….. but I know that will never happen :(

  • technochick

    I thought it was 14-days return.

    it is. other than iphones which are still 30 days. It’s standard practice however to mark the clock on new releases to 14 days before the announcement and managers have the leeway to go back as much as 30 days. And they often will so long as the person isn’t acting like an entitled asshat.

  • technochick

    I just want to know what Apple is hiding (what did they find in the “iPad 3″) that made them replace the entire line so soon.

    They aren’t hiding anything. They wanted to move everything to the new lightning connector and give the full sized ipad the same processor as the iphone 5. This might even be a more to have all the iOS devices release in the Fall together.

  • technochick

    Duh, this is standard 30 day return policy crap. I’d bet they extend this to iPad 3 purchases made a within the last couple/few months.

    Nope. 30 days is the max. Otherwise they would have folks trying to return anything and everything.

    Your ipad 3 didn’t stop working cause of this new release. Apple never promised not to release new stuff in less than 12 months so those with a bug up their butts can get over it.

    The reason why they do the whole 14 day thing is because if they don’t folks will just return their stuff the day of the announcement anyway. And they give the leeway for 30 days because at times like this it can be easier to say yes, especially for an exchange or at least a store credit, than to spend hours dealing with a pissy customer

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