iPad Battery Replacement Includes new iPad

Since the iPad ships with a battery that isn’t user replaceable, potential customers have been asking how Apple will deal with dead batteries. The answer: Apple will send you a replacement iPad.

Apple’s Support Web site states “If your iPad requires service due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee.” That fee is US$105.95 — $99 for the replacement service, and $6.95 for shipping.

The replacement process will take about a week, and doesn’t include transferring data from your original iPad to your replacement. The iPad battery replacement process is handled by Apple’s own retail stores, Apple Technical Support, and Apple Authorized Service Providers.

The iPad is a multimedia tablet device with a 9.7-inch touch screen interface. It includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, optional 3G wireless data support, and is compatible with most iPhone apps. Apple launched its iPad pre-order program on March 12, and will ship the device on April 3.