Apple is starting a new screen replacement program that will cover and replace the aluminum units of the Apple Watch Series 2 and 3. It addresses a design issue where a crack could appear along the rounded edge of the screen. The crack would start from one corner and then potentially spreading along the entire perimeter, as shown in the example drawings.
Both 38mm and 42mm Series 2 models of the are affected by this design flaw. When it comes to the Series 3 the GPS-only and GPS+cellular are also suffering from this issue. The company is also including the Nike+ versions of both generations in the screen replacement program. For now, it’s unclear what causes the crack issue. Apple states that it happens in “very rare circumstances” but fails to specify which circumstances are those.
If you have any of the models eligible for the screen replacement there are three possible actions. In the first, you’ll need to find an Apple Authorized Service Provider. The second requires you to go into an Apple Retail Store. The third is online, you’ll need to arrange with Apple Support to send the smartwatch in the mail.
We’ll be following the Screen Replacement closely to report the results of the new program. You can check the source for more details.