First-gen Apple Watch Warranty Extended For Another Year

Posted: May 2 2017, 5:58am CDT | by , in News | Apple

First-gen Apple Watch Warranty Extended for Another Year

Extended warranty is at no cost and only covers battery issues

If you are the proud owner of the first generation of the Apple Watch wearable, Apple has some good news for you. The company has announced that it will be extending the warranty for all first generation Apple Watch owners by another year. This brings total warranty coverage for the original Apple Watch to three years.

Apple isn't extending these warranties due to the good nature of its heart, rather the extended warranty period comes due to an issue that some first generation wearables are being afflicted with. That issue is swelling batteries. PCMag reports that while the issue isn't very common there have been multiple reports of the battery inside the wearable swelling up and pushing the screen out of the chassis.

Reports indicate that when the battery swells the device might "pop" and feel very warm to the touch. When the watch is taken to Apple for repair, a replacement battery is typically given. The normal limited warranty on the first generation devices lasts for a single year. Only expanded or swollen batteries are covered for the extra two years. The first generation Apple Watch launched April 24, 2015 meaning that owners have about another year of warranty coverage for the battery issue.

The idea is that by time the next year is up either the battery inside the watch will have swollen up and been replaced or the battery will prove to be immune to the issue and owners will have upgraded and moved on to another device. Rumors continue to suggest that we are in for a new Apple Watch Series 3 sometime later this year or perhaps early next year.

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