Apple announces free screen replacement for Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3

“The replacement programmes have been put in place after Apple disclosed that the specified variants might be susceptible to accidental cracks”

The Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 are being replaced by Apple at no cost, after the company disclosed that the two older variants of its smartwatch might be susceptible to an issue of cracked displays. The replacement offer stands for a limited period of time, and is being put in place because of an apparent vulnerability in the displays on Watch Series 2 and Series 3, which may crack from the edges in what Apple considers to be “very rare circumstances.”

The Apple Watch models that are presently eligible for replacement are 38mm GPS-only Watch Series 2, 42mm GPS-only Watch Series 2, 38mm GPS and GPS+cellular Watch Series 3 and 42mm GPS and GPS+cellular Watch Series 3. Each of these watches feature aluminium bodies, and as of now, the premium ceramic editions are likely not included in the replacement wave. The Nike+ variants of the Watch, which come with a special edition band and finish, are also included in the deal.

To avail the replacement offer, interested users can walk down to an Apple Store in cities where Apple has a retail outlet. Alternatively, Apple will also be extending the offer through its network of authorised service providers, which has a far wider network than Apple’s own stores. Users can also contact Apple on their own via Apple Support to arrange for mail-based delivery of the replacement Apple Watch.

It is not quite clear as to what is causing the cracked displays. According to demonstration diagrams, the displays may crack from the edges, presumably owing to contraction pressure from its edge rivets. This, as Apple has mentioned, might lead to the entire display cracking along the case perimeter, although Apple maintains that this will be a rather rare case. Nevertheless, if you happen to have paid good money for the Watch about a year or two ago, you will likely want to ensure that you do not end up with a broken Apple Watch in the near future. On this note, it is advisable that if your Watch is eligible, you should avail the deal soon.

In case you feel that the Watch Series 2 and Series 3 have become too slow, Apple is reportedly geared to release an updated Apple Watch Series 5 at its iPhone launch event, and while it will largely offer similar features as the Apple Watch Series 4, the overall performance improvement will be an important factor for you to consider, especially if you’ve been using the generations old Watch Series 2.