So, you just copped what was, before yesterday, the “new iPad.” Then you hopped on the Internet yesterday and learned that not only did Apple release a mini iPad, but refreshed the iPad with a faster processor and graphical processor and tossed the 30-pin connector aside for the new Lightning connector. And you’re pretty pissed.
Calm down. There may be a way for you to upgrade for free….
Considering the fourth-generation iPad offers relatively incremental upgrades, not all iPad owners will be peeved. However, if you know you’ll lose sleep over the iPad you purchased less than one month ago, you’re in luck.
According to CNET, the manager at the Stockton Street store in San Francisco explained that “this specific store” would allow purchasers of the third-generation iPad to exchange their device for the fourth-generation iPad if purchased within the last 30 days. She emphasized that, unless the recently purchased iPad showed serious signs of wear-and-tear, the usual 14-day return policy would be waived.
“And what about other stores?” You’ll have to call and find out. She explained, “We can’t speak to other stores’ policies — this is something our store has decided to do.”
So, if you just bought an iPad 3 and want to get the new one, check with your local Apple Store and see if you’ll be able to exchange it. If they say no, show ’em this article and let ’em know that you know that it’s happening at other stores.