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Apple Launches Screen Replacement Program for Apple Watch Series 2, Series 3

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Apple watch screen replacement program

On the Friday leading up to a long weekend, Apple has quietly announced the launch of a screen replacement program for aluminum Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 models (via MacRumors), suffering from cracks along the edge of displays:

Apple has determined that, under very rare circumstances, a crack may form along the rounded edge of the screen in aluminum models of an Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3. The crack may begin on one side and then may continue around the screen as shown in the images below.

Apple watch screen crack

The replacement program–also available in Canada–applies to all 38mm and 42mm models of the following Apple Watches:

Apple Watch Series 2

  • Space gray, gold, rose gold, and silver aluminum
  • Sold dates: September 2016 – September 2017

Apple Watch Nike+ Series 2

  • Space gray and silver aluminum
  • Sold dates: October 2016 – October 2017

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS), (GPS+ Cellular)

  • Space gray, gold, and silver aluminum
  • Sold dates: September 2017 – September 2019

Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 (GPS), (GPS+ Cellular)

  • Space gray and silver aluminum
  • Sold dates: October 2017 – September 2019

Apple says aside from the above, “No other Apple Watch models are part of this program.”



How to get your eligible Apple Watch serviced? Apple says your watch will most likely be sent to an Apple Repair Center, then examined prior to any work being done to verify its eligibility. Watches will be returned in roughly 5 business days.

“The program covers eligible aluminum models of Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 for three years after the first retail sale of the unit or one year from the start date of this program, whichever is longer,” explains Apple.

Talk about a lot of models eligible for this replacement program. It would really suck to have paid out to pocket to fix an Apple Watch display which cracked, due to a manufacturing defect.

Let us know if you’ve ever dealt with your Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3 developing a cracked screen like explained above.

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