iPad 2 Launch Prompts Apple To Give £100 Refund

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Apple has started to give out £100 refunds to customers who had bought an iPad just before the launch of the second generation version, the iPad 2, as the price of the former dropped from £429 to £329.

The most important fine print though is that only users that have purchased the iPad two weeks prior to the price cut will be eligible for the automatic refund.

There's also another not-so-negligible detail; the refund is only valid for users who have purchased the tablet from Apple (either via the website or through their retail stores) and not from any third parties like Dixons, Ebuyer or even mobile phone providers like Vodafone or Orange.

Obviously, UK customers can return any item under the Distance Selling Regulations up to 28 days after the purchase of the iPad to get a refund, one which can be used to buy an iPad 2 or an iPad. They will need to have a physical copy of their receipts when getting the refund back from the Apple store.

The iPad 2 was launched last week and caused the prices of some (but not all) original iPad tablets to fall. It is not known whether Apple will still sell the original iPad or whether it will only sell a few out of the six SKUs. We don't know whether the refund applies to those who have purchased the iPad as a refurbished item from Apple's online store; more about refunding procedure at Apple here.