An Apple Store in San Francisco will be allowing customers to exchange third-generation iPads for the recently announced fourth-generation iPad. The only issue is that the third-generation iPad must have been purchased over the past 30-days to qualify for the exchange.
According to CNET, many iPad purchasers were dumbfounded by the iPad refresh earlier today. Consumers who purchased a third-generation iPad just days ago now own a sub-par tablet. In an interview with a San Francisco Apple Store manager, here is what was said:
The manager at the Stockton Street store in San Francisco explained that “this specific store” would allow purchasers of the third-generation iPad to exchange their device for the fourth-generation iPad if purchased within the last 30 days. She emphasized that, unless the recently purchased iPad showed serious signs of wear-and-tear, the usual 14-day return policy would be waived.
“And what about other stores?” You’ll have to call and find out. She explained, “We can’t speak to other stores’ policies — this is something our store has decided to do.”
Based on words of the store manager, this is a decision by the specific Apple Store. Everyone else will have to call their local Apple retail store to find out if they will follow a similar exchange-scheme.
Apple’s new fourth-generation iPad is an exact clone of the third-generation iPad from the outside. A few internal upgrades — including a dual-core A6x processor and expanded LTE chip-set are the consisting upgrades to the iPad. The pricing even remains steady; starting at $499 for the base Wi-Fi model.