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Apple May Let You Swap iPad 3 for New Model

Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 5:33 PM ET

If you bought the third generation iPad in the last 30 days, you may be able to exchange it for its latest version that was announced Tuesday.

Some Apple stores are extending their exchange policy for the iPad from the usual 14-day period to 30 days, allowing those who recently bought the third generation model to upgrade to the fourth generation iPad, according to a report from CNET.

Apple did not respond immediately to a request for comment. But one Apple store in Manhattan confirmed that they are allowing the swap.

The new iPad, which was unveiled along with the iPad mini at the Apple event Tuesday, features upgrades, including the new Lightening connector and a faster processor.

Some consumers felt shortchanged that Apple released the new iPad so soon after it launched the iPad 3, which went on sale in March. But Apple is trying to tame some of the backlash by allowing consumers to upgrade their models if they purchased their iPad within the last 30 days.

According to CNET, some stores are allowing for the exchange of devices as long as the returned iPad is in good condition.

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