Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Swollen batteries in Apple Watch 2 get free repairs

Swollen batteries in Apple Watch 2 get free repairs

Good news for Apple Watch Series 2 owners: Apple has revised its service policy, introducing a clause that entitles 42mm variants for a free fix.

The company will now fix swollen batteries for free.

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Ever since the Apple Watch was introduced, developers have been asking for the ability to create their own watch faces.

Apple will fix some Apple Watch Series 2 devices if they have a swollen battery or don't turn on, according to a new service policy seen by MacRumors.

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To provide assistance to users, Apple is now offering required services for the aforementioned issues for free on eligible devices.

The new fix program mirrors a warranty update for first-generation Apple Watch models implemented a year ago. The Cupertino giant has also come under fire after it became apparent that it was slowing down older iPhone models to deliver battery life consistency, prompting an apology and discounted battery replacements for eligible iPhones. The offer is good for up to three years after the date of purchase.

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This offer applies only to the 42mm Apple Watch 2. The gas comes from oxidation of battery's electrolyte (the chemical that allows electricity to flow between the cathode and anode). While not a widespread issue, battery swelling can cause power interruptions, operational issues or, in some cases, dislodged displays. Apple designs its devices to prevent this from happening, so the flaw is in the design, not the way the wearable is charged.

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