Apple will fix Series 2 watch batteries for free

Apple will repair some Apple Watch 2 models that have swollen batteries or won't power on for free

According to a report from MacRumors, Apple Retail Stores and Authorized Retailers were informed of the policy change on Friday through the company's internal portal.

Apple Watch users have for years complained of expanded, or swollen, batteries across multiple device generations.

Apple released the Apple Watch Series 2 in September of 2016, so the oldest models at this point are around 19 months old.

In a rumoured, decidedly un-Apple move, it looks like the Big A could be about to let third-party developers design faces for the Apple Watch. What are your thoughts on Apple offering three-year of fix program for the Series 2 in 42mm size?

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Secretly Apple approved a service policy that will fix 42mm Series 2 models for free when they either won't power on or have a swollen battery, including those whose battery has expanded to the point where the display has popped loose according to MacRumors. Only 42mm-sized models are eligible for free repairs, which includes the Sport, Edition, Hermès, and Nike+ variants.

The new fix program mirrors a warranty update for first-generation Apple Watch models implemented past year.

Additionally, force-restarting the device, done by pressing and holding both the side button and digital crown for 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears. "Apple will service eligible devices free of charge". At the time, Apple extended its standard one-year limited coverage by two years to account for devices suffering from swollen batteries. Naturally, the device must be inspected by Apple employees to confirm what is causing the issue.

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