The news that probably elicited the biggest amount of surprise during Apple’s special event today was the unveiling of the fourth-generation iPad. With the new iPad only seven months old, there are some consumers who might feel a little cheated with the very short product cycle.

But there is apparently some good news if you purchased your third-generation tablet in the last 30 days. CNET spoke to an Apple Store in San Francisco:

The manager at the Stockton Street store in San Francisco explained that “this specific store” would allow purchasers of the third-generation iPad to exchange their device for the fourth-generation iPad if purchased within the last 30 days. She emphasized that, unless the recently purchased iPad showed serious signs of wear-and-tear, the usual 14-day return policy would be waived.

“And what about other stores?” You’ll have to call and find out. She explained, “We can’t speak to other stores’ policies — this is something our store has decided to do.”

Even though the policy just seems to be confirmed for this specific store at this point, I’d definitely recommend calling up your nearest Apple Store and asking what they can do.

Source: CNET