Apple Offering Free Apple Watch Series 2 Repairs Due To Swollen Batteries

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"Apple has determined that under certain conditions, some Apple Watch Series 2 devices may not power on or they may experience an expanded battery", the memo reads.

According to the document, "some" Apple Watch Series 2 models will not power on or exhibit swollen batteries "under certain conditions".

The program appears to be limited to Apple Watch Series 2 42mm models, suggesting that the issue is not present on the 38mm models.

Other details of the service policy include that the Apple Watch doesn't need to be under warranty, and that the repairs are covered for up to three years after the device's purchase date. The fix umbrella will cover up to three years after purchase in other words, you likely have until 2019 or 2020. If you own the Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 3, unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply for free repairs. Warranty status does not matter for this issue.

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Apple specified in the memo that units unable to power on, or experiencing hardware defects, as a result of battery swelling are eligible for the free fix.

The company will now fix swollen batteries for free. Apple has nearly always replaced or serviced such devices and generally covers expanded batteries past the 1-year warranty date, regardless of a program such as this. Apple has noted that all models of the Apple Watch Series 2 will be a subject to "visual-mechanic" inspection before the inspection takes place.

The updated policy does not apply to the Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 3. In some cases, a defective battery is preventing the Apple Watch from powering on, and in other instances customers are complaining about their timepieces expanding, with a swollen battery pushing against the chassis. Let us know down in the comments!

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