'Ballooning battery' Apple Watches get an extra year of warranty

by Lawrence Cooper May 3, 2017, 1:08
'Ballooning battery' Apple Watches get an extra year of warranty

According to 9to5 Mac, Apple recently sent out a note to its fix centers announcing that they will need to provide extended coverage to battery related issues on devices that are more than two years old.

Word of the change comes via a note sent from Apple to authorized fix centers that was subsequently forwarded to 9to5mac.

Apple has extended Service coverage for eligible Apple Watch (1st gen) models with an expanded/swollen battery to three years after the original date of purchase. The first-gen devices covered by this warranty are those experiencing ballooning battery issues.

That said, Apple has yet to make any sort of official announcement surrounding the Apple Watch fix extension, which seems to suggest that there aren't that many people ultimately impacted. As 9to5Mac reports, Apple is now offering an additional year of fix coverage on top of that, providing a total of three years of support for affected Watches.

Apparently, the lithium-ion battery packs that power the Apple Watch can sometimes swell and expand when they're punctured, overcharged, or overheated, or when they sustain other damage.

Shortly after celebrating the second birthday of its Apple Watch, Apple is extending the warranty for its first-generation wearable. Eligible devices will be covrered for two years beyond the original 1-year Limited Warranty.

Absolutely gutted to take my Apple Watch series 1 off the charger this morning and find the screen has popped off!

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