Upgrading first gen to second gen for $99?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by SebZen, May 20, 2010.

  1. SebZen macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2009
    So Apple offers to replace your entire iPad for $99 if you say your battery is bad.

    When 2nd gen comes out do you think you could use the battery replacement program to replace your first gen for a second gen iPad this way?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No. Why would Apple let you do that? Also you can't just "say" your battery is bad, they test it...
  3. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
  4. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    April 1, 1976 I think.
  5. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Even if you could get your battery to go bad, they'd replace it with a refurbished 1st generation iPad.
  6. travistaylor macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2006
    Out of curiosity, hos long will Apple honor this replacement program?
  7. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Probably several years I would think. However who would want a 5 year old iPad?:eek:
  8. travistaylor macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2006
    Cool, thanks. Sorry for the typo... I meant 'how'...still getting used to the iPad's keyboard! Haha
  9. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    As with current out of warranty replacements, you'll get a refurbished model of the generation you bought.
  10. kultschar macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2010
    So with these replacement device programs how does it work??

    e.g. my 1st Gen ipad starts having battery problems in March 2011, Apple replace it for $99, one year later in March 2012 I have battery problems (end of battery life) Apple cannot replace 1st gen as they stopped making them a year ago.

    What happens now?????
  11. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    You get a refurb 1st gen. This is how Apple have worked for as long as I can remember. Take into consideration they have 1000s of leftover devices at the end of a generation, plus refurb items.
  12. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Today, you can still bring first-gen iPods (from 2001) into the Genius Bar for a "new battery".

    If they don't have a replacement first-gen iPod in stock (most stores don't), they'll get one from the depot for you (and call you when it comes in).

    I'd imagine iPads will work the same way.

    If you're curious about the list of older products that Apple won't service, check out the link below:
  13. BroadcastDoc macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    What some people forget is that there is a good supply of refurbs to "swap".

    When you bring yours in with a dead battery it gets sent out, refurbed, and sent back as a replacement for someone else with a dead battery. That person's gets sent in, so on, and so forth. So really, the swap program can be supported with same-gen devices for many, many years.
  14. omgitscro macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    I believe that ten years is the period of time that Apple considers "serviceable." This means that Apple will continue the production of a product/part until they have enough left for the ten years of replacements/repairs. I don't remember where I found this information, but it was on Engadget, Gizmodo, or TUAW.
  15. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    *wipes a tear from laughing so hard*

    thanks for that, OP.
  16. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    Just to add to the above, I'm sure when the supply of refurbs dries up (if it ever does) then Apple will simply change the battery service to install a replacement battery rather than a straight swap.
  17. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    This is what they would do.
  18. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    Apple still gives people with a first-gen iPhone a refurb first-gen iPhone, not a 3G or a 3GS. You're not going to rip off Apple that way. They'll have plenty of first-gen iPads to go around for swaps.
  19. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs

    I have them by about 2 weeks!
  20. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    my guess is that apple supports the ipads for about 3-4 years. Then the newest OS won't work on it anymore (similar to iPhones). Eventually you will need the newest OS on the iPad to connect to iTunes. At that point you're out of luck and will have to get a new iPad. I guess after 5 years it will be time for a new one.

    And no, at no time will there be a way to get a new iPad for $99. Maybe there is this one lucky guy who somehow gets a new one for free but for the masses it's $499-$829 every 5 years (or earlier).
  21. spammerhamster macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    all things aside. Can anyone imagine how many iPads they actually would need to replace?

    The battery is good for 1000 full recharges before it lose it strength. It'd probably take more to have it lose 80%, which allows it to be replaced.

    With 10 hours of usage time, in reality, an ipad would be charged once a day at most. That means that only power users would be having it replaced after more than 2 years! Power users will just buy the 3rd gen by then!

    The normal users would maybe needs to replace theirs in 3-4 years. What? would you pay 100 bucks for a replacement battery. Or would you get the 5th gen ipad with probably 50 hours of usage, 5 months of standby, some sort of super screen, 500GB storage for 500 bucks?
  22. p-rice macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    Las Vegas
  23. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    That was funny.
  24. mrcc macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2009
    Not true. A friend of mine had the I touch 2g had problems with it. Took it into an apple store. The store didn't have any I touch 2g. So the store gave him a upgrade to touch 3G for free because the warranty was still in use
  25. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    I will give mine to a deserving younger family member and by a new one because I'm blessed enough to have a great job and deserving younger family members! Haha.

    Actually I'm planning to buy five ipads to give to my kids and their spouses for Xmas this year. 16 gb wifi only though. I don't love them *that* much! :D

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