A sweet deal for iPad owners: Apple says it will upgrade your old iPad 4 for free

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Great news for anyone who owns an old iPad 4.

Customers who take in their fourth generation iPad to Apple for a service may be upgraded to the iPad Air 2 – free of charge.

However, while there is a bit of catch, this is still potentially a great way to get a free upgrade.

The offer is only for customers who need a full replacement and not for those who just require a minor touch up.

The offer is available at all Apple Stores and at authorised service providers, Apple said.

In a leaked memo obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple says: “Starting March 30th, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2.”

The move is a smart one by Apple because stocks of the now discontinued iPad 4 are increasingly thin.

iPad Air 2

iPad Air 2

However, the iPad Air 2, despite also being discontinued, was produced for a almost three years by Apple and should have more than enough stock laying around which can be used for anyone who has a busted iPad 4.

The iPad Air 2 was launched in October 2014 and features a variety of improvements from the iPad 4, including a faster processor, brighter Retina display, upgraded cameras, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a slimmer design.

According to the leaked memo, staff are also advised to tell customers who are eligible for the replacement about the various colour options available with the iPad Air 2: Gold, Silver and Space Grey.

Also, if you have either a 16 or 64GB iPad 4 that needs to be replaced, you could also get a nice storage bump as the iPad Air 2 units are only available with 32GB or 128GB storage capacity.

If you happen to have an old iPad 4 laying around that is covered under Applecare warranty, this could be an awesome way to bag yourself a free upgrade.

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