IPad users will need to pay $99 to receive a new device if the battery
fails, according to reports.
The iPad - which goes on sale in the United
States on April 3, and in the UK by the end of next month - is a
sealed unit, which means users cannot replace the battery themselves, The Telegraph said.
Instead, consumers will need to send the old iPad in to Apple, and will
receive a replacement iPad in return.
Apple said on its website: ‘If your iPad requires service due to the
battery's diminshed ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace
your iPad for a service fee. The service costs $99, plus $6.95 shipping. The
total cost is $105.95 per unit.’
Although several products need to be sent to Apple for servicing, the iPad
is the first device where Apple has explicitly said it will send users a
completely new unit.
It comes as Apple is reportedly in the UK to discuss iPad deals with
operators. The devices can be connected to the internet via a mobile broadband
It is thought that Orange,
O2 and Vodafone are frontrunners for a deal to range Apple’s latest device.