Apple today informed retail store employees and Apple Authorized Service Providers that it is extending the service coverage for first-generation Apple Watch models experiencing battery problems to three years.
Word of the change comes via a note sent from Apple to authorized fix centers that was subsequently forwarded to 9to5mac.
That's because "eligible devices" are apparently now covered for two years beyond the original 1-year Limited Warranty, and the first Apple Watch ever sold anywhere around the world was released just a little over 24 months ago.
There have been several reports of issues with the battery on older Apple Watch models ballooning up and even ending up displacing the display.
The tech giant has still not made an official announcement for the extension of this period to the public and owners of the Apple Watch are now in the dark. In any event, if you own a first generation Apple Watch and notice it bulging, get in touch with Apple about having it replace or repaired.
This issue causes the battery inside the watch to swell up significantly. This renders the device completely unusable for users now experiencing this problem.
It's important to note that this expanding battery issue does not seem to be widespread at all, so there's no need to be alarmed about it happening to you.