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Some Apple Stores Offering Exchanges On iPad 3 Purchases

By - Source: CNet | B 15 comments

Feeling a little cheated about yesterday's iPad 4 announcement?

Apple finally announced the hotly-anticipated iPad mini at its event in San Francisco yesterday. However, while it may have been the star of the show, the iPad mini wasn't the only device unveiled. On top the of the iPad mini, a new Mac mini, a new iMac, and a new MacBook Pro, Apple also updated the regular-sized iPad. That's right after just six months of availability, the iPad 3 is officially out-of-date.

 

Suffice to say, those that purchased the iPad 3 might be feeling a little bit of buyer's remorse. Best case scenario, they bought it immediately after launch, which means their six-month-old tablet has already been replaced by a newer model. Worst case scenario, they just it just a few days ago, right before the iPad 4's unveiling.

For those that find themselves in the latter category, there may be something you can do about it. Some Apple stores are reportedly offering exchanges to folks that bought the iPad 3 in the last 30 days. CNet spoke to an Apple Store manager in San Francisco that said, in her specific store (Stockton Street), anyone that purchased an iPad 3 would be allowed to exchange it for an iPad 4 provided there was no serious signs of wear-and-tear. Sounds like those that aren't in that 30-day window are still bound by the usual 14-day return policy, though.

While Apple has made no official announcement about this being a store-wide company policy, if you bought your iPad very recently and are feeling a bit cheated by yesterday's launch, you should look into whether or not you can exchange it for the new iPad 4.

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    chugot9218 , October 24, 2012 9:04 PM
    How bout if it's not purchased at an Apple store? Anyone have any insight on that?
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    zero messiah , October 24, 2012 9:06 PM
    "Worst case scenario, they just it just a few days ago," 'Just' sayin', ya'll need some Copy Editors.
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    scannall , October 24, 2012 9:12 PM
    Chugot9218How bout if it's not purchased at an Apple store? Anyone have any insight on that?


    For years and years now they have done this around product announcements. The length of time has varied anywhere from 14 days to 30 days. Nothing new.
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    deadlockedworld , October 24, 2012 9:19 PM
    On of the downsides of having such intense launches and fans. I have to say this doesn't seem like as big of a deal as previous launches though -- ipad 3 and 4 arent really that different. Unlike, say Ipad 1 and 2.
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    boiler1990 , October 24, 2012 9:38 PM
    deadlockedworldOn of the downsides of having such intense launches and fans. I have to say this doesn't seem like as big of a deal as previous launches though -- ipad 3 and 4 arent really that different. Unlike, say Ipad 1 and 2.


    Yeah, because Droid RAZR owners didn't feel cheated when the RAZR Maxx was released shortly after.
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    aoneone , October 24, 2012 9:55 PM
    "..they just it just a few days ago.. " BAhahahahha what? Seriously, who writes this junk? Did you idiots ever pass English Elementary? LOL. Seriously, I'm laughing all the way home ^_^
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    dingo07 , October 24, 2012 10:04 PM
    "...they just it just a few days ago..." - has anyone taught you to read what you wrote BEFORE sending it to go live... just sayin'

    but on topic - too damn bad if u just bought one, Apple can care less about its customers now go buy a Newer one, they're not out to make friends, they're out to please the shareholders, which I might add the shares are down to low 600's, time to buy in!
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    scannall , October 24, 2012 11:03 PM
    Dingo07"...they just it just a few days ago..." - has anyone taught you to read what you wrote BEFORE sending it to go live... just sayin'but on topic - too damn bad if u just bought one, Apple can care less about its customers now go buy a Newer one, they're not out to make friends, they're out to please the shareholders, which I might add the shares are down to low 600's, time to buy in!


    Hmm, that's why they have the highest consumer approval rating of any tech company. And have for years. They have been trading back purchases made just before releases for many years now. It's fine to hate Apple, even if it is a bit silly. But at least be truthful.
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    back_by_demand , October 24, 2012 11:43 PM
    Apple couldn't care less about it's customers, this whole exercise stinks of a cynical plot to steal the thunder from Microsoft's Friday release of Windows 8 and Surface
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    They are so bitter they just can't stand for anyone else to have any kind of media attention, well, keep it up and watch the iOS App for MS Office just fail to appear and the business world drops iPads like a bad smell when they can get full Office, Exchange and a real OS on a Surface Pro
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    scannallHmm, that's why they have the highest consumer approval rating of any tech company

    And Rev Jim Jones' followers loved him and they all still drank the Koolaid, the iPad is a toy, always has been a toy and always will be a toy - I like toys, but if you want people to be truthful then realise that the business world is where the real money is in the IT game. Those Fortune 500 companies that are using iPads are only doing so because there has never been a viable alternative. Tell me the Pegatron made Surface Pro is not a beautiful, powerful bit of hardware, and i'll show you a liar.
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    scannall , October 25, 2012 12:14 AM
    back_by_demandApple couldn't care less about it's customers, this whole exercise stinks of a cynical plot to steal the thunder from Microsoft's Friday release of Windows 8 and Surface...They are so bitter they just can't stand for anyone else to have any kind of media attention, well, keep it up and watch the iOS App for MS Office just fail to appear and the business world drops iPads like a bad smell when they can get full Office, Exchange and a real OS on a Surface Pro...And Rev Jim Jones' followers loved him and they all still drank the Koolaid, the iPad is a toy, always has been a toy and always will be a toy - I like toys, but if you want people to be truthful then realise that the business world is where the real money is in the IT game. Those Fortune 500 companies that are using iPads are only doing so because there has never been a viable alternative. Tell me the Pegatron made Surface Pro is not a beautiful, powerful bit of hardware, and i'll show you a liar.


    The Surface is kinda meh on hardware. Not horrible, but nothing worth praising either. As far as Windows tablets go, they have a pretty bad track record in this area. Maybe this will be different? It may be, but that is still a big unknown. I do hope though that it kicks Androids butt. Unreliable, flaky, and upgrades being a gamble isn't really all that hard to beat.
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    Novulux , October 25, 2012 12:56 AM
    scannallThe Surface is kinda meh on hardware. Not horrible, but nothing worth praising either. As far as Windows tablets go, they have a pretty bad track record in this area. Maybe this will be different? It may be, but that is still a big unknown. I do hope though that it kicks Androids butt. Unreliable, flaky, and upgrades being a gamble isn't really all that hard to beat.


    He said Surface Pro, which is not going to be released yet? How do you know it's meh?
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    halcyon , October 25, 2012 1:12 AM
    I can't speak for all Android tablets but Asus' Transformer Pad Infinity (w/ICS or the now available Jelly Bean) is just fine for those that like the Android EcoSystem. The hardware and build quality are great.
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    scannall , October 25, 2012 1:15 AM
    NovuluxHe said Surface Pro, which is not going to be released yet? How do you know it's meh?


    I was referring to the Surface R/T that has been reviewed. As you point out, nobody actually knows about the pro. My admittedly flawed crystal ball says it will do OK at best.
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    Darkk , October 25, 2012 5:10 AM
    Why people are making a big deal of little differences between iPad3 and iPad4? It's a little faster.. so what.

    Same display just slightly newer processor which won't really reach full potential any time soon.
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    David Zember , October 26, 2012 12:26 AM
    That's Capitalism at its best.