The fourth generation iPad was one of the unexpected surprises at yesterday’s Apple Special Event. The improved iPad with Retina display takes everything that was great about the iPad 3 and refines it: the VGA webcam was replaced with a 720p front-facing camera, the A6X processor is twice as fast as the last generation A5X processor, the 30-pin port has been swapped for Apple’s new Lightning standard, and the tablet retains the ten hours of battery life. The problem is customers weren’t expecting another new Retina iPad so soon after the iPad 3, which was only released in March. New tablet owners may have recently bought the iPad 3, thinking that it would remain the best tablet that Apple has to offer, at least for a little while.
If you bought an iPad 3 at an Apple Store within the past month and you’re looking at the iPad 4 with envy, you’re in luck. According to CNET, certain Apple Stores will extend their usual 14-day return policy to a full 30 days. This isn’t a universal policy; when CNET checked in with the flagship store in San Francisco, the manager explained that the policy applied to “this specific store” and that she can’t speak for the policies at other location. So long as you haven’t damaged your recently purchased iPad, you might be able to talk your local Apple Store into a return.
While I’m not angry at Apple for releasing an improved tablet, I would definitely be tempted to trade in my iPad 3 if it were eligible. It’s really hard to turn down a free upgrade.
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