HARDWARE DESIGNER Apple has brought its iPad trade-in programme to the UK, allowing users to turn in their aging iPads for shiny new ones.
Apple launched the iPad trade-in initiative in the US and Canada last month, and given the imminent UK launch, it likely has been a success.
This wouldn't be surprising, as the trade-in scheme lets users hand over their iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 or first-generation iPad Mini at an Apple retail store in exchange for credit towards a new iOS device.
Neither the iPad Air nor iPad Mini 2 with Retina display are eligible to trade-in under the scheme, but users can opt to upgrade to one of those. Apple will also allow users to trade in an iPad against the cost of a new iPhone.
Apple hasn't given any indication as to how much an old iPad is worth, so it's unclear how much credit you'll get to put towards your spanking-new iPad or iPhone.
However, in October Apple launched its iPhone trade-in scheme in the UK, where the firm was promising £220 for a 16GB iPhone 5 in pristine condition. If that device was damaged and locked to an operator, Apple would offer only £55, so if your iPad is a bit battered, don't expect to get much credit.
In the US, a 16GB WiFi-only iPad 4 in good condition has a trade-in value of $200.
Apple has yet to offer any further information on its iPad trade-in scheme. µ