Didn't get a new 4th gen iPad as replacement for my defective iPad 3rd gen

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by rpommer, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. rpommer macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2012
    Hi There,

    this is my first post in MacRumors and I hope this is the right forum.

    Just returned my (April 2012 - still under warranty) iPad 3rd gen (retina) due batterie problems!

    Apple confirmed the issue and replaced it with a new one...but same 3rd generation model instead of giving me the current 4th gen model. I argued that they are not even selling the 3rd gen model anymore and that I should get the 4th gen as a replacement. The response was that they always replace hardware for the same model, if still in stock.

    Attached is a copy of the Genius Bar Work Authorization & Service Confirmation

    This is VERY disappointing! I was expecting the defective iPad to be replaced by a CURRENT equivalent model and not with a discontinued model.

    (Just as comparison, Western Digital replaced my 2 year old external HD with a CURRENT, updated model while still under warranty)

    I am feeling somewhat cheated by Apple's policy.

    Do I have the right to demand a current, new model?

    Thanks for any advise!

  2. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    They are right and you are wrong. They quoted you the correct policy.
  3. Nevzorus macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
    You bought a 3rd gen iPad and it was defective. Why should you get a 4th gen instead? Don't expect anything at all. ANYTHING. Just expect a new (Probably refurbished) 3rd gen iPad.
  4. rpommer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2012
    Hi Nevzorus,

    thanks for the reply.

    Sorry, this might be the policy but, in my opinion, it doesn't seem the right thing to do.

    If Apple would still be selling the 3rd gen iPad, I would completely understand it, but we are talking here about a discontinued/replaced model. They sell today only the iPad Mini, iPad 2 and 'iPad with Retina display' (NEW)
    ...I mean, replacing a defective iPad 2 with the same model would be logical, because it is still available.

    But, as you correctly mentioned, don't expect ANYTHING!



    Hi Roadter,

    thanks for the reply!
  5. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    They could just have repaired your defective iPad (which would have left you without it for the duration of the repair) but instead they replace defective ones with new or fully refurbished one of the same type.

    You bought an iPad 3. Unfortunately, it developed a problem so they resolved that problem.

    You now have a non-defective iPad 3. That's what you paid for so what's your problem?
  6. rpommer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2012
    Hi Phil,
    I wouldn't be so sure about having now a "non-defective" iPad 3!
    The battery problem appeared 8 month after purchase! (Lucky the warranty was still valid) It was a non-repairable hardware problem, according to the tecnician and this is why they gave me a replacement unit...but, chances are quite high that the same problem might develop in this "new or fully refurbished one of the same type" as well. Time will tell!

    There are a lot of threads about battery issues with the 3rd gen! I don't know if the 4th gen iPad uses the same battery.

    Other than that, I have no problem! I was just asking about Apple's policy.

    Thanks for sharing your opinion anyway.
  7. Macman45, Nov 14, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012

    Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    By that token, I should expect my 2011 Imac to be replaced with a new one with Fusion? Or either of my MBP and MBA to be upgraded? No. Apple retain stock of ALL the items they are covering with AC, and you wil almost always get like for like.

    If they were completely out of an item, you might be offered an alternative...I have heard that the 17" MBP is sometimes replaced with the 15" rMBP due to stock issues. I have a 17" but would not expect a Retina as a replacement.

    Bottom line is you get what you originally paid for.
  8. Nevzorus macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
    One thing is that I would love to get my iPhone 4 replaced with a iPhone 5 for free but that's not going to happen. I don't expect that and I never would or will. You bought the 3rd gen iPad and not the 4th, why should you expect a 4th?

    (I just made the same post again in a new way)
  9. Aspasia macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    No, you have no right to "demand" a new model. If your car is recalled because of a defect (presuming you're old enough to drive and own one), do you have a "right" to demand a newer replacement model? Of course not!

    Apple owes you nothing but to replace/repair the product you purchased. Which it did.
  10. James Craner, Nov 14, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012

    James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    All manufacturers will keep spares for units no longer sold for warranty. Apple's only warranty obligation is to repair a unit if it fails under the terms of the warranty, so you are lucky to get a full replacement. Occasionally as a token of goodwill Apple will replace an older model that is defective with a new model, but this is normally only when the same unit continues to fail, despite being repaired multiple times.

    I think you are confusing a manufacturers warranty obligations with a 'new for old' style insurance policy.
  11. AndersOlson macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    So sick of these threads

    I'm so sick of people complaining when they can't "work" the system. You aren't entitled to anything other than what your purchased (ipad 3) if apple replaced yours with a new one everyone would start trying to swap theirs out.
  12. greenchiliman macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    I wouldn't say chances are quite high that you will have another issue. Just because their are a bunch of threads here about a particular problem, remember that there are MILLIONS of 3rd gens with no issues at all. Not many people post 'Hey my device worked exactly how it should'.

    Also, agreeing with everyone else. Not sure why people expect apple to give people free upgrades for defective products. There is no expectation anywhere else in the tech world - if I buy a Wii today and it breaks, I don't expect a Wii U to replace it. No other expectation anywhere else - hey starbucks, you messed up my small, regular coffee, now give me the something a size bigger with 5x the ingredients for free.

    Since you want some advice on how to deal with it. If you paid with credit card, call the credit card company and tell your situation and that you want a charge back because you think they didn't live up to their obligation. Don't expect much from them either though...
  13. Cevap macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2012
    Would you be more satisfied if they replaced your defective iPad with an iPad 2 since that one is still offered?
  14. rpommer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2012
    Hi Anders,

    if you are sick about people complaining, why bother to answer a thread in the first place?

    WD did replace my defective HD with a new, updated, model!

    So, it all comes down to different policies, customer service and perspectives.

    My mistake to thing that all companies are alike.
  15. rpommer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2012
    Hi Greenchiliman, I must disagree on "There is no expectation anywhere else in the tech world"...like I posted before, WD did replace my defective HD with a new, updated, model. Different companies, different policies.

    But, I admit that my perception of warranty/ replacement and customer service were wrong,...at least with Apple.

    Thanks for your advise anyway, but I am OK with the replaced iPad. I just wanted to confirm Apple's warranty policy. I had no intention to "take advantage" of any kind...just wanted to be sure about my consumer rights in this matter.


  16. rpommer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2012
    Hi James,

    thank you very much for your reply.

    Since you mentioned Apple's obligation to repair a unit...I believe that Apple Care is a "must have"...my early 2011 13" MBP 'woke up' with a big black stripe in the middle of the display...just 5 days before expiring the standard warranty. Lucky me, because it was repaired with no cost. Otherwise it would have cost me around US$ 700 to replace the display, according to the technician.

    Imagine the cost of a new Retina display!

  17. Boo The Hamster macrumors member

    Boo The Hamster

    Jul 26, 2011
    London, UK
    I think Apple have an entirely reasonable policy.

    My iPad1, which I've had since launch day, is about 2 1/2 years old and gets used every single day. I've treated it extremely well, and it would be nice to think that it would go on for ever, but tech sometimes fails, and last week, it appeared that the connector had gone, as it only charged intermittently, and the MBP couldn't see it any more.

    Took it to the Genius bar, where sadly nothing could be done for it.

    As it was out of warranty, I wouldn't have been surprised if they'd say 'Sorry - it's kaput, you'll need to buy a new one.'

    However, Prue said she'd treat it as a failed battery, and said I could buy a replacement (exactly the same, iPad Mk1, 32Gb 3G), for £85 inc Vat.

    There and then.

    No 'We'll order one and it might be here in three weeks.' No 'I've got an old one that I found in a skip out the back.'

    It may well be a refurb, but if it is, it looks brand new.

    Then took advantage of the Apple store's free wifi to start the setup process, and within an hour of getting home, I'd restored from an old backup and it was like nothing had happened.

    Maybe you didn't get a shiny new upgraded bit of kit, but as others have said - Apple have ensured that you have a functioning model of exactly what you paid for.

    Can't really see what you're complaining about.
  18. atMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    That doesn't prove it's a policy issue. That just tells me that WD had no more of that model HDD in stock or were not giving them out do a widespread known issue.

    It's possible that in 2 months Apple may have no more iPad3 in stock and start giving out iPad4's as replacements. You are not thinking this through with logic, you are thinking it through with "why didn't I get why I expected". Most people would EXPECT to get an iPad3 back, and be amazed with a 4, you are backwards in your thinking.

    Also you can always buy Apple care and if you have a battery problem again you can possibly get an iPad 4 on that replacement, or maybe they will be giving out iPad3's then still. It depends on what their stock numbers are like.
  19. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    The third gen is being sold all over the place, we have at least 20 at work, and they are moving.
  20. Discostu7 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    you should be happy

    you shouldn't be acting like a spoiled brat and be glad they replaced it for you
  21. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    You got exactly what you're entitled to and you're still upset? So WD gave you a new drive; in all likelihood they didn't have any "older" drive available. If you somehow hit Apple at a time when their pipeline of iPad 3s wa depleted then maybe someone would make a judgment call and give you an upgrade. However, you came in with a problem an left with a functioning device identical to what you originally purchased. problem solved.
  22. DOUGHNUT macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2006
    If apple didn't have any iPad 3's available, they will replace it with the closet model of equivalent value. Since they do have it, why do you feel entitled to a free upgrade? Makes absolutely no sense
  23. jgag macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    I'm sure the Genius bar employee had some good laughs with his coworkers when you left.
  24. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Good grief why are you responding to a thread that is 3 months old?
  25. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. Apple replaced your broken iPad with the same model. The OP has no right to expect a replacement that isn't the same as his original iPad.

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