Latest watchOS beta hints at Apple Watch support for third-party faces

Olive Hawkins
April 15, 2018

According to a leaked internal document, the new Apple Watch service program started yesterday.

Good news for Apple Watch Series 2 owners: Apple has revised its service policy, introducing a clause that entitles 42mm variants for a free fix.

The program appears to be limited to Apple Watch Series 2 42mm models, suggesting that the issue is not present on the 38mm models.

Secretly Apple approved a service policy that will fix 42mm Series 2 models for free when they either won't power on or have a swollen battery, including those whose battery has expanded to the point where the display has popped loose according to MacRumors.

"Apple will service eligible devices free of charge", it added.

It's somewhat unclear as to what is covered under the memo's mention of an Apple Watch Series 2 not powering on.

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Since the Apple Watch's original release in 2015, nearly all of the device's personalization has been tied to the swappable wrist bands.

The document also states that "Apple will authorize coverage for eligible devices for three years after the original date of purchase".

This is a bit different than the temporarily discounted battery replacement program that Apple put into effect for some of its iPhone devices.

The first-generation Apple Watch (Series o) seemingly suffered from the same problem, with Apple implementing a similar 3-year fix program for affected users.

Apple's stringent guidelines have not dissuaded attempts to install their own watch faces on the wearable. If you own one and think the battery is defective, head over to Apple's Support page to schedule a fix. Let us know down in the comments!

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