iPad Returning to Apple Store or Through the Mail for Dust under screen

Discussion in 'iPad' started by k4show, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. k4show macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2009

    My iPad 3, has a speck of dust under the screen, very visible when watching movies and on the web. Would I be better off returning through express exchange or in the store? Which would I be more likely to get a satisfactory screen (no dead pixels, dust, hues). I read somewhere the ones in store are brown box and the ones through express exchange are new, is this true?
  2. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    Return to store - repurchase?

    Exchange they will give you a brown box (most of the time).
  3. k4show thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2009
    No I mean, as a repair to a defective iPad not as an exchange. Any issues with the brown box iPads, I know this model had colour cast issues initially.
  4. cruzmisl macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    Here's what will happen: you will get a refurbished replacement that may contain dust specks, uneven casts to the screen, or a screen that is yellower or redder or bluer. Or maybe it will be perfect. But if its not perfect for you, understand that they won't let you keep exchanging unless a serious defect is present, so I would first decide how much that speck really bugs you.

    You lose your leverage for a "perfect unit" after the 14 day return window.
  5. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Rule of thumb, if you purchased new and are within the return policy, always return it. That way you start fresh. ;)

    As the previous poster said, if you ask for an exchange you could get a replacement with different screen problems. That's something to think about.

    Most Apple certified refurbs tend to have few problems and any problems they had are fixed. The only time they may not get fixed is for what was mentioned above, a screen that looks good enough may have tint/color problems.
  6. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    The only way you get a 'new' in the sense of white box with charger etc is if you return it retail exchange. If you go through a service swap, in store or by mail in,you are getting a 'brown box' which might be a fresh parts constructed or might have a few recycled bits like the back enclosure, all per the terms of service.

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