The Battery Replacement Service FAQ on the Apple site spells out something that should make all upcoming owners smile from ear to ear. If your iPad loses its ability to hold a charge, Apple will kindly replace your iPad for $105.95 (including shipping). Now repeat. You won’t get a new battery, but you’ll get a new iPad. How’s that sound? Yeah, it is nice, even though Apple will not take care of your personal data, unless you backup of course (you should beforehand). Here’s the actual statement:
If your iPad requires service due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee.
Note: Your iPad is not eligible for Battery Replacement Service if the product has been damaged, for example, as result of an accident, liquid contact, disassembly, unauthorized service or unauthorized modifications, or if the product is not operating correctly as a result of a component failure. Please review Apple’s Repair Terms and Conditions for further details.
How much this service costs:
The service costs $99, plus $6.95 shipping. The total cost is $105.95 per unit.
All fees are in U.S. dollars and are subject to local tax.
And finally about your data:
You will receive a replacement iPad that will not contain any of your personal data.
While getting a fresh iPad is great, losing your data isn’t, but that’s all part of the battery-dying gadget life cycle. A rule of thumb: Back it up and forget it, until you need it.
Source: Loop Insight