did apple know about the ipad's low battery quality / problems before release?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by SPNarwhal, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    is that why they pre-announced the battery offer of sending in your ipad and replacing it with a new one if your battery dies?
  2. mj1108 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 7, 2007
    After several years of use, it's normal for batteries to degrade in quality.
  3. SPNarwhal thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    right, but i don't see what that has to do with my question.
    they've never announced a battery device swap for any other product,
    and then the ipad has a large amount of battery issues on release.
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Of course, this is only my opinion, but yes, they must have known or their QA people should be fired.
    My guess.. they had deadlines and obligations and decided to go ahead with the release and fix it later.
    Much like they did with Leopard (*COUGHSNOWLEOPARDCOUGH*)
  5. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Where are you hearing about a "large amount of battery issues"? I haven't heard of widespread issues, and mostly I've heard rave reviews of how long the battery lasts.
  6. Jakeoster macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2010
    I haven't heard of that problem, the most I have heard that is related to the battery is charging issues when conecting it to some
    computers via USB.
  7. shakenmartini macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2008
    I haven't heard of battery problems either. In fact apple has preannojnced battery replacement programs for many of their devices with non-user replaceable batteries to shut the media up over a silly issue.
  8. fishepa macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2009
    This is the first I've heard of battery issues as well.
  9. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    Batteries are the last thing I worry about with Apple products. MBP batteries are great and from what I hear the iPad battery is extremely good. iPhone could be better, but pretty much all smart phones have crappy battery life right now.
  10. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    I wasn't aware that the iPad's battery was of low quality. I've mostly heard about how great the battery is.
  11. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    Oh!..I knew it! The whole time I was in Pep Boys getting my new battery they knew it was gonna go bad...they kept telling me the replacement cost and I didn't listen....shoddy products...:p

    wow...go figure...a battery that runs out. What, next thing you know you'll have a bic pen run out of ink or something...:rolleyes:
  12. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    by "large amount of issues" you mean lots of people reporting that the battery lasts longer than Apple's specs, yes? if not, umm, you might consider doing a bit more research.
  13. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    do you have a source for the bolded assertion?
  14. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I expect since the iPad is a little pricey for the throw-away tech Apple developed in the iPod, and to a lesser extent the iPhone (e.g., it breaks, buy a new one) so they had a little forethought and offered a replacement program for people who want to replace a battery that has gone soft.

    With integrated batteries in all the notebook lines and all the iPod/iPhone lines, don't they offer the same for those devices?
  15. NebulaClash macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2010

    They pre-announced battery offers because in recent years they have been getting criticized for having a closed battery system on iPods and iPhones. So in response they have been more and more proactive about getting battery replacement information out to the public. This time they even did it before the release because they have learned from experience that one of the first questions the whiners will ask is how to replace a battery.

    And there are no widespread battery issues with iPads. Most people are stunned at how well the battery lasts. The issues you see online are tiny in number compared to the number of iPads in the field.
  16. ashVID macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007

    Troll... wifi connectivity + won't charge on old USB 1 computers does not equate to "low battery quality" in any shape or form. Apple announced it because they were pre-empting the trolling of those who talk about batteries that are not user replaceable.

    No problem with legit complaints, there are enough to keep you busy.

    ash =o)
  17. duky macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    North Carolina
    I've heard of problems (WiFi nonsense, charging nonsense) but nothing about batteries. Maybe the OP is coming from the future like this guy and knows something we don't!
  18. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    I'm definitely getting impressively long battery life.
  19. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    Apple announced the battery replacement program because people get their panties in a bunch about non-removable batteries. So, buyers know exactly what to expect if they ever need to get a battery replaced outside of warranty.
  20. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    Indeed, there is precedent for announcing a battery replacement program before shipping.

    17" Macbook Pro was announced on 6 January 2009.

    Battery replacement program was announced on 14 January 2009

    17" Macbook Pro starts shipping 30 January 2009

    This is nothing abnormal.
  21. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    The $99 fee that they charge for replacing the iPad's battery is the same as the $80 battery replacement program they've had for the iPhone since 2007 and the same program they have for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Your iPad is under warranty for it's 1st year (2yrs is you bought apple care), after your warranty is over, then you'll need to pay $99 to replace it, but not before.

    I'm also curious what battery issues, mine has been lasting me almost 12hrs on a single charge.
  22. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    The iPhone, iTouch and MacBook Airs all have had battery replacement plans announced.
  23. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    Amazingly good life...:eek:
  24. camarobh macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Great battery life

    Took a flight yesterday. Watched almost four hours of video on my iPad. Got to the hotel and had 75% of my battery left. I'd say that's amazing.
  25. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    No it doesn't. The battery issues are the exception and id guess less than 1%

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