Swollen batteries in Apple Watch 2 get free repairs

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The repairs will be free of charge for Series 2 watches that will not power on due to the battery swelling.

The battery in an Apple Watch 2 can fail, and even swell up.

According to an internal document first obtained by MacRumors, which was distributed to certain Apple Stores and authorised service providers, the fix covers only 42mm-sized Series 2 units covering all its models - Sport, Edition, Hermes and Nike+. This is a rare problem, but Apple will fix the watch if it occurs.

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Apple Watch faces are mostly limited to digital or analog time displays and a choice of complications, with any new additions only coming from Apple itself and remaining under their control, such as the Disney and Pixar characters added previous year.

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. What are your thoughts on Apple offering three-year of fix program for the Series 2 in 42mm size?

It's an issue that's plagued Apple Watches ever since the introduction of the first model, known as the Apple Watch Series 1, back in April 2015 - three years ago. An exact description of minimum requirements for eligibility was not included, but Apple is offering free repairs to those devices that do fall under the criteria. The root cause is the battery being overcharged. At the time, Apple extended its standard one-year limited coverage by two years to account for devices suffering from swollen batteries. Public reports also confirm issues in which the device refuses to power on.

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