Customers who bought a first-generation iPad in the last two weeks can opt to return their device to Apple, or request a $100 refund, now that the iPad 2 has been announced. Also, the company will release a new dock designed to fit the smaller form factor of the iPad 2, though no new keyboard dock has been shown. The refund matches the price drop for the first generation iPad that followed the iPad 2 announcement.
The iPad 2 was announced yesterday and will be coming out on March 11. As a result, customers who just bought an original iPad may feel a bit jilted. So in order to compensate, Apple is offering a $100 refund on all recent iPad purchases. The refund has been confirmed by Apple’s sales team and various other outlets, including Electricpig.In order to qualify, you’ll need to have purchased an iPad within 14 days of yesterday’s announcement, which puts the earliest eligible purchase date at about Feb. 16. Customers seeking the rebate will also need to have their receipts on hand.
The new prices for the original iPad are $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only version or $529 for the Wi-Fi and 3G model. In the 64GB original versions, the Wi-Fi-only models are now $599 and the Wi-Fi and 3G is $729. For those who didn’t buy an iPad and still think the iPad 2 is too expensive (it’s the same price as the first iPad), then you’re also in luck. Apple has lowered the price of all first generation iPads by $100, hence the refund offer.
Apple introduced the second generation iPad at a media event in San Francisco on March 2. The new model is thinner than the original, includes an A5 dual core processor and more powerful graphics, GSM and CDMA wireless data network support, front and rear-facing cameras, and black or white bezels.