4th Gen iPad Repairs Could Be Replaced with iPad Air 2

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Over the weekend, 9to5Mac obtained an internal Apple memo describing a new policy: as stock dwindles for the 2012, fourth-generation iPad, Apple managers can replace them with iPad Air 2 units if they are brought in for repairs and need the whole tablet replaced.

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There are, of course, some key differences between the fourth-gen iPad and the iPad Air 2. The latter gained new storage options -- 32GB and 128GB -- over the older tablet's 16GB and 64GB. If so, that could be a nice storage bump for those bringing an iPad in for repair.

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AppleInsider points out that this policy isn't universal. If you bring your old iPad in, it doesn't guarantee you'll get a new, fancier machine. It's up to manager discretion, and, more importantly, stock. So if your store has another iPad 4, well, that's what you're going to get.

The iPad Air 2 was discontinued in March following the announcement of the latest iPad, which takes its place and removed the Airs from the iPad lineup.

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