All iPads How long should Apple offer battery replacements?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by OSMac, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    If your battery goes on a iPhone or iPad , Apple currently offers battery replacement devices for $100-$200.

    They don't actually change the battery, instead they exchange the device for a refurbished one with a new battery. Great policy.

    But how long should replacements be offered 3 , 5 , 7 years?
  2. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    I'd be happy with 3. More than 5 is an unrealistic expectation for a company to maintain stock.
  3. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    From a business perspective it hardly matters. A 7-year-old idevice will not have a lot of value, so if someone thinks it's worth spending $100 to get a fresh battery then why not let them?*

    This is sort of like when hard drives had 5-year warranties, the cost/GB 5 years down the road was so low that the company had no qualms about offering replacements but consumers didn't necessarily want to go through the bother.
  4. bobbysmith macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2012
    It matters because such a program will cost Apple more than they can ever hope to get back. Making new batteries for an iPad 3 seven years from now isn't free. Unlike hard drives, you cannot stockpile batteries nor do they use a standard form factor or interface so you can't just exchange it for a random new one.
  5. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Apple has their logistics pretty well in control (for the things they can control). I' m pretty sure there's an exponential decline over time for these things. Ebay prices for the original iPad are comfortably below $200 for the lower-end iPad. That's 3 years out. In another 2 years it will easily be sub $100. Do you really think that in 4 more years (let alone 2) there will be tens of thousands of people demanding battery upgrades?
  6. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    Consumers, no. Enterprise customers, possibly.
  7. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    i doubt it, most IOS devices don't get 4 years worth of software support which would rule out businesses wanting to maintain them for so long with new batteries etc
  8. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Absolutely ridiculous. For enterprise customers there's a planned lifespan for these devices at purchase - and it's nowhere near 5-7 years. You're arguing about something that has next to no likelihood of ever occurring.
  9. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
    As long as a formidable amount of people still use the device.
  10. bobbysmith macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2012
    No, and that's my exact point. It makes no business sense for Apple to manufacture and install new batteries for a small number of customers. They would be doing it at a huge loss. Again, you cannot stockpile batteries for seven years. They degrade. Even if you could, it still probably wouldn't make much business sense.
  11. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    (sigh). That's why it's a non-issue. It's just not likely to happen. And Apple is in the best position to know how it will play out. As for making batteries, they only need workable batteries by spec; not the identical series of batteries. Worry about stuff that might actually happen.
  12. bobbysmith macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2012
    Uhm, you were the one arguing that Apple should do it.
  13. beauparc macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2011
    I am still using my venerable old iPad1 daily and the battery is still the same as when it was new.

    When the battery eventually fails, and providing that the iPad still does what I want it to do, what you are saying is that I will be forced to throw it away and buy a newer iPad because Apple will not replace the battery.

    I don't think so.

    I'll buy an Android tablet to match my phone, which allows me to remove/change the battery whenever I want.
  14. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    I'm arguing that Apple knows what it's doing, so in not setting an absolute deadline they are being business smart.

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