Say Goodbye to Your iPad When the Battery Fails

Over the weekend it emerged that iPad users would also have to send their devices to Apple if they wanted a replacement battery. However, unlike iPhones and MacBooks, Apple isn't going to crack open your iPad and replace the battery, it's going to send you a new one.

Yesterday lunchtime, Apple posted an FAQ for the iPad's Battery Replacement Service (via Engadget). Apple's solution to a dead battery is to send you a new iPad, with none of your data.

If your iPad requires service due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee.

This service fee is later detailed as $99, plus $6.95 shipping. The total cost being  $105.95 per unit.

Apple goes on to say that any data on the iPad you send in, will be lost.

"No. You will receive a replacement iPad that will not contain any of your personal data. Before you submit your iPad for service, it is important to sync your iPad with iTunes to back up your contacts, calendars, email account settings, bookmarks, apps, etc. Apple is not responsible for the loss of information when servicing your iPad."

Click here to check out the FAQ for yourself.

  • Naked_n_Happy
    Is it me or is Apple's philosophy of sealing in batteries inside their devices one of the reasons the tech industry is so polluting? In this day and age of environmentalism, the last thing we should do is throw away an entire device because a single component isn't performing as well as it used to.
  • SAL-e
    I wish Greenpeace or other organization alike drags Apple into the court and sues them until this wasteful practice is over once and for all.
  • JasonAkkerman
    Control, Control, Control....

    Apple is like an abusive spouse.
  • stratplaya
    And yet for some reason, Apple is the corporation of choice for those leaning left.

  • bachok83
    Apple foresees that there will be a bunch of unsold iPads. A creative way to still sell them, and add to that 'sold' list. hehe.
  • dwave
    Apple > Microsoft???? Sounds like they are worse after reading this crap.
  • Hilarion
    "Apple Almighty" strikes again.... You don't "own" your Apple.... they do.
  • hokkdawg
    I doubt apple simply throws away spent iPads that are returned to them. The cost to dispose of tech waste in a legal manner these days is enough of an economic driver to make a company find ways to salvage parts from the used product. Knowing Apple, they will simply to their customers that they recycle the iPad, and you are a good person for sending it to them - but really, they will try to find a bottom of the barrel transport service who will ship the waste to another country with weaker environmental laws. Perhaps a factory that they own in Taiwan or China...
  • Minus_i7
    Five reasons you should be scared of Apple:
  • I doubt the devices get thrown away, more like refurbished, you pay over $100 for a refurbished model, way to go apple on creating a secondary revenue stream form an original sale, gotta applaud such business acumen! I bet the shareholders are really pleased with this news!!!