10/24/2012 04:13 pm ET Updated Oct 24, 2012

iPad Exchange: Some Apple Stores Will Exchange Your Old iPad For The 4th Generation Model

So you saved up a few hundred dollars to purchase a new iPad, and then BAM. Seven months after Apple released its third-generation 10-inch tablet, it goes ahead and releases the fourth generation at an event in San Jose, Calif. on Tuesday, leaving you with an already outdated device.


Recent buyers of the third-generation iPad, released in March, certainly are angry. But all is not lost just yet. According to CNET, specific stores may be extending their exchange policy to accomodate recent iPad buyers:

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.

This may not be the case for all distributors. CNET's source suggested customers call their local Apple stores for more information, as she was unable to speak about other stores' policies. MacRumors notes that Apple merchandisers "generally have some flexibility in allowing returns considering certain circumstances."

So who knows? Maybe a quick call to your neighborhood Apple Store could save you from the "horror" of owning an out-of-date iPad.

And horror it was for some iPad owners found by Buzzfeed and Mashable on Twitter after Apple's October event. See a few of their snarky comments below:

What do you think about the fourth-generation iPad? Do you have an old iPad you hope you'll be able to exchange? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, or tweet us at [@HuffPostTech]. Then read about all of Apple's new products here.



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