If you’re one of the millions of people who just bought an iPad 3rd Generation before it was discontinued and still happen to be within your return window, CNet is reporting that you’ll be able to swap out your device at an Apple Store near you for a new, 4th Generation model.
Anyone who’s bought an iPad 3 in the last month, AppleCare confirms to me you can return your iPad for the new one.
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The employee did mention to Vaknin that this policy will be applied on a store-by-store basis and not all stores will be participating.
It’s likely that Apple won’t give customers a hard time about exchanging these devices because the prices are the same and the internal components aren’t drastically different.
We’ve reached out to our contact at Apple’s offices to see if Apple will institute this throughout all of its stores and will update this post as soon as we hear something concrete.