Swollen batteries in Apple Watch 2 get free repairs

Apple may welcome third-party face support for its Watch

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.

The battery in an Apple Watch 2 can fail, and even swell up. While custom watch faces seems like a no-brainer feature, users have been limited to making small adjustments to Apple's default faces.

Customers have three years from the original date of purchase to take advantage of the free fix, after which they'll have to pay for the service (£82.44 in the UK).

This do not include the 38mm units or any other Apple Watch models, although Apple instituted a similar plan for original versions.

"Apple has determined that under certain conditions, some Apple Watch Series 2 devices may not power on or they may experience an expanded battery", the new service policy says.

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 a year ago. The free fix only applies to Series 2 watches in the 42mm variant and that includes all models of this watch. 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. Naturally, the device must be inspected by Apple employees to confirm what is causing the issue.

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