On Apple’s official iPad FAQ, Apple has posted a very interesting detail concerning the iPad’s battery and how exactly they will replace it. The cost to replace is $99 + $6.95 shipping and it will come with a whole new iPad instead of a battery.
Of course, all your data will go with it so a backup is recommended and Apple will not support it if the dead battery is due to damage or unauthorized use. The iPad FAQ says:
What is iPad Battery Replacement Service?
If your iPad requires service due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee.
Note: Your iPad is not eligible for Battery Replacement Service if the product has been damaged, for example, as result of an accident, liquid contact, disassembly, unauthorized service or unauthorized modifications, or if the product is not operating correctly as a result of a component failure. Please review Apple’s Repair Terms and Conditions for further details.
How much does it cost?
The service costs $99, plus $6.95 shipping. The total cost is $105.95 per unit.
All fees are in U.S. dollars and are subject to local tax.
Doesn’t sound bad to me, although I can certainly see how someone could be unhappy with losing all of their old data and starting over.