Apple on Friday informed authorized repair facilities that the company has extended the warranty for first-generation Apple Watch devices experiencing battery swelling issues.
According to an email sent out to Apple Authorized Service Providers, a copy of which was obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple is extending repair coverage for first-generation Apple Watch devices impacted by swollen batteries. With the new policy in place, users are provided two years of service beyond the gratis one-year limited warranty.
The email to service centers included links related to the issues, offering information about enclosure separation due to swelling battery packs and processing repairs related to swollen batteries.
While the number of users affected by swelling Apple Watch battery packs is unknown, it isn’t believed the problem is widespread, due to the lack of a public announcement by Apple concerning the issue. However, complaints about swollen batteries on the first-generation Watch have been circulating for a few months on reddit, Apple Support Communities, and other forums.