Apple begins free repairs for Apple Watch Series 2 with swollen batteries

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Good news for Apple Watch Series 2 owners: Apple has revised its service policy, introducing a clause that entitles 42mm variants for a free fix. The free fix only applies to Series 2 watches in the 42mm variant and that includes all models of this watch.

Apple hasn't formally announced the new policy and you might not want to depend on free repairs right away when some staffers might not be aware of the change.

"Apple has determined that under certain conditions, some Apple Watch Series 2 devices may not power on or they may experience an expanded battery", said a document sent to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers.

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This do not include the 38mm units or any other Apple Watch models, although Apple instituted a similar plan for original versions. Like most lithium-ion battery packs, the pouches used to power Apple Watch are susceptible to swelling and expanding when punctured, overcharged, overheated or otherwise damaged.

Apple Watch users have for years complained of expanded, or swollen, batteries across multiple device generations. Apple has nearly always replaced or serviced such devices and generally covers expanded batteries past the 1-year warranty date, regardless of a program such as this.

Apple has not issued an official statement on the matter, nor is the program listed on the company's Exchange and Repair Extension Programs webpage. Let us know down in the comments!

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