Some Apple Stores offering 30-day exchange window for iPads

Good news this afternoon for folks who recently purchased a third generation iPad. Reports are coming in that some Apple Stores are offering a 30-day window to exchange the now-obsolete tablet for the new one.

Earlier today, Apple announced the fourth generation iPad, an update to its larger 9.7-inch tablet line that includes a better processor and other improvements, a mere six months after it launched its predecessor…The move was somewhat unexpected, at least to the general public, as Apple typically refreshes its mobile devices once a year. This has left some iPad 3 owners, especially new ones, feeling a bit disappointed and misled.

But it sounds like Apple has a plan in place for these customers. CNET is reporting that some Apple Stores are allowing a 30-day exchange window for people who bought the third-generation iPad within the last month.

“The manager at the Stockton Street store in San Francisco explained that “this specific store” would allow purchasers of the third-generation iPad to exchange their device for the fourth-generation iPad if purchased within the last 30 days. She emphasized that, unless the recently-purchased iPad showed serious signs of wear-and-tear, the usual 14-day return policy would be waived.

“And what about other stores?” You’ll have to call and find out. She explained, “We can’t speak to other stores’ policies — this is something our store has decided to do.”

If the above criteria applies to you, it’s definitely worth giving your local Apple Store a ring. The new iPad features a faster A6 processor, Apple’s new Lightning connector, broader LTE support and an HD FaceTime camera.

So what’s Apple going to do with all of these returned iPads? We imagine they’ll wind up in the refurbished section of Apple’s online store. Word is that third-generation iPads are now available there for as low as $379.