Apple has started a free screen replacement program for some of its smart watch models after admitting that its display panels may develop cracks spontaneously in some circumstances. Affected devices include Apple Watch Series 2 aluminum units sold between September 2016 and October 2017, as well as a large number of Series 3 models sold since September 2017.
"Apple has determined that, in very rare circumstances, a crack can form along the rounded edge of the screen in the aluminum models of an Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3. The crack can start on one side and then you can continue the screen " said the company on its official blog, which also posted images of what the cracks are like.
Apple advises all affected users to repair their devices for free through authorized Apple service providers in case the screens develop cracks similar to those illustrated above. The free repair program covers "eligible Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 aluminum models for three years after the unit's first retail sale or one year from the start date of this program, which be longer ". The following is the complete list of eligible devices, as it appears on the company's official website.
The latest development comes a few days after Apple was forced to issue a recall of some models of its 15-inch MacBook Pro after global aviation regulators considered them a safety hazard, after reports of fires resulting from defective batteries in those devices. . The company had also launched a similar program last year to rectify a problem with the batteries in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, although there were no reports of fire or injury at that time.