Although there were some talks of it, the fourth generation iPad announcement got many people off guard, it was after an unusual upgrade cycle. This is probably one of the most surprising things the company has done recently though probably not in a good way.
However fear not, it looks like those who purchased their iPad in the last 30 days may be able to exchange their devices for a newer model at their Apple Store.
The news comes from CNET, who posted the following report:
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.”
From the report though, it sounds like the extended return window is not an official company policy, and is more circumstantial, depending on the store. If you’re lucky and your local store has this policy, you’ll be able to upgrade to the latest model without any penalty.