make ipad break under warranty?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by bitterdone, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. bitterdone macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2012
    hi guys

    my 3 week old ipad was knocked off a couch, about a 12" fall, and the screen is damaged. 2 cracks through the center, and shattered corners.

    is there anything i can do to make it break/fail so i get get a replacement under warranty?

    if it wasn't brand new, id just remove the broken glass and put a new (green bordered) one on, but
    1. its still got apples warranty for mfr defects
    2. id rather have it break and be replaced than pay $300 for a new one/void the warranty

    thanks for any ideas
  2. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Unless you have Applecare+, once you incur physical damage you're ineligible for a warranty replacement. If it's 3 weeks old did you purchase it with a credit card that covers damage in the first 90 days
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Check your household insurance...If you have accidental damage cover, then you could claim agains that. Apple are not likely to replace your device now, and making it unusable won't help you either.
  4. bitterdone thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2012
    yeah i did buy it on a credit card, i would never have thought of that

    just called them and im in the process of submitting a claim. best case scenario, they'll send me a check for the max of $250/claim, so i can get a new one for a $50 cost to me. thats even better than buying a new glass screen for $50 and doing it myself..thanks for the info!
  5. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2009
    Apple would still replace your broken iPad (even without Applecare+) for $299.
  6. DutchAmerican macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2012
    Drunen, Netherlands

    You are absolutely right. I have to say, in the Netherlands we don't use any credit cards because it is based as a loan, but this is one of the benefits of buying expensive material with credit card.:D
  7. max53389 macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2012
    I wanna say you should jailbreak your iPad then delete vital files that make it run (idk which ones) so that it doesn't turn on so it will be a software issue instead of a broken screen.
    Just throwing that out there cause I want to see if that actually works.
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I don't think that'll work. Anything you can do to mess up an iPad software-wise can be fixed with a DFU restore.
  9. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    1. When you jailbreak files safeguards are put in place to stop you from doing this.
    2. You can easily fix software issues.

    OP: If you were to break it with the intention of being deceitful and wrongfully obtaining warranty service/replacement that would constitute fraud and you could be subject for civil lawsuits and/or criminal charges, it's really not worth it. Just accept it's your fault you broke it and it's your fault for not making sure it was in a case/had relevant insurance etc. and take this as a lesson to be more careful and get it replaced the right way.

    ^This post does not constitute legal advice and should not be taken as such.

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