According to a note sent to authorized service providers (obtained by 9to5Mac), Apple -the Cupertino-based smartphone making giant – added one more year to its warranty for some first-generation Apple Watches. Now, the tech giant will cover eligible Apple Watches for three years instead of two years after the original purchase date.
Only some first gen Apple Watches to enjoy the additional one year in warranty
The first-generation devices covered by this warranty are those which experience battery problems. The note states, “Apple has extended Service coverage to eligible Apple Watch (1st gen) models with an expanded/swollen battery to three years after the original date of purchase. Eligible devices will be covered for two years beyond the original 1-year Limited Warranty.”
Consumers on Reddit and Apple forums have described these battery issues as far back as November last year. Some of them have reported watch displays being partially displaced from the case because of an expanding battery inside the device.
This issue, however, does not seem to be a widespread problem. Also, none of the reports make any big claims like Apple Watches exploding or catching fire like the Note devices of Samsung.
The warranty update has come just after the first-generation Apple Watch turned two years old earlier this month.
Apple Store could sell accessories that will be sourced from India
The tech company will primarily begin its online store by selling iPhone SE that will be manufactured in India. The product portfolio will grow as the local production of other models does. The online store plans of the Cupertino-based smartphone phone maker do not require foreign direct investment (FDI) approval in retail because the government enables companies to sell online model manufactured locally, said two senior industry officials.
The company is planning to begin assembling of iPhones in Bengaluru by June. One of the executives said, “Apple will initially start its online store by selling iPhone SE which will be manufactured in India and will be in line with government policies. The company is hopeful to start the online store in India around Diwali.” The Apple Stores in India will be limited in number and the tech giant is looking at four or five such flagship outlets over the next decade. As for the offline Apple Stores, they will initially come up in the metroes.
The Apple Store may sell some accessories which will be sourced from India as well. Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment. The Cupertino-based iPhone maker operates its online store in 39 countries worldwide, including several stores that do not have the Apple-owned offline stores that are present in about 20 countries.