Apple Offering Free Apple Watch Series 2 Repairs Due To Swollen Batteries

  • Apple Offering Free Apple Watch Series 2 Repairs Due To Swollen Batteries

Apple Offering Free Apple Watch Series 2 Repairs Due To Swollen Batteries

This week, Apple has launched a new service program that offers free out-of-warranty repairs to Apple Watch Series 2 owners whose device suffers from a swollen battery. The new service program began yesterday, according to a leaked internal document... Only 42mm-sized models are eligible for free repairs, which includes the Sport, Edition, Hermès, and Nike+ variants.

A line of code unearthed in Apple's latest watchOS 4.3.1 beta release suggests a future version of the operating system will allow third-party developers to deploy customizable watch faces, a feature for which many users have pined since Apple Watch debuted in 2015. If your device falls into a certain category after a physical device assessment, Apple will fix the device for free.

Coverage for eligible devices will be authorized for three years after the original date of purchase.

It's somewhat unclear as to what is covered under the memo's mention of an Apple Watch Series 2 not powering on. In some cases, a defective battery is preventing the Apple Watch from powering on, and in other instances customers are complaining about their timepieces expanding, with a swollen battery pushing against the chassis. If you own one and think the battery is defective, head over to Apple's Support page to schedule a fix. Apple has noted that all models of the Apple Watch Series 2 will be a subject to "visual-mechanic" inspection before the inspection takes place. Apple has nearly always replaced or serviced such devices and generally covers expanded batteries past the 1-year warranty date, regardless of a program such as this.

Apple's stringent guidelines have not dissuaded attempts to install their own watch faces on the wearable. Let us know in the comments.