Do you have a damaged Apple Watch Series 2 or Apple Watch Series 3? Apple has a chance to replace it for free with a new replacement program announced Friday.
From the Apple Support Document published today:
Apple has decided that in very rare circumstances, a crack may occur along the curved edge of the screen in aluminum models of the Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3.
Apple's screen changer covers a specific type of screen cracking that may affect models sold between September 2016 and September 2019.
This means that you select Apple Watches models sold over the next month may be included in this replacement program. This suggests that the defect may be eliminated in future production models or Apple may remove the affected models from the range. Apple is also more likely to expand the replacement program to include later dates in the future.
Accidental damage, including broken screens, will not be covered, and stainless steel and ceramic models that use a different type of display are also not covered. If the crack appears to be cracked around the edge, Apple says authorized suppliers the services can replace the screen for free.
Possible repair options include contacting Apple support online for mail options, either in person at the Apple Store or going through an affiliate repair channel.
Apple also adds this to the duration of the replacement program:
The program covers eligible aluminum models of the Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 for three years after the first retail trade.
Apple Watch is included in similar replacement programs over the years, including two that repaired extended first-generation and 2-series batteries, as well as a program that affected the back covers.
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