Tim Cook Posts Letter to Chinese Apple Customers Announcing Changes to iPhone 4/4S Warranty Policies

tim_cook_warranty_letter_chinaOver the past several weeks, state-run media and other outlets in China have criticized Apple over the company's warranty practices in the country.

The company had posted a letter to customers defending its practices as going above and beyond requirements of Chinese law, but as noted by Business Insider, Apple has now posted a new letter from CEO Tim Cook [Google translation] announcing changes to its warranty policy. From the Google translation:

We are aware that, due to the lack of external communication in this process and lead to the speculation that Apple arrogance, do not care or do not attach importance to consumer feedback. We express our sincere apologies for any concerns or misunderstandings this gives consumers.

In order to further improve the level of service, we are implementing the following four major adjustment:

- Improved iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S repair policy
- Provide a concise and clear on the website of the official Apple repair and warranty policy statement
- Increase the intensity of the supervision and training of Apple Authorized Service Provider
- Related issues to ensure that consumers can easily contact Apple Feedback Service

Apple's previous policy for iPhone 4 and 4S warranty repairs had frequently involved issuing customers new handsets but swapping their existing back plates onto the new hardware, with the replacement handsets carrying warranties lasting 90 days or until the expiration of the original one-year warranties from the customers' initial purchases.

The policy had received criticism from those arguing that the replacement devices essentially amount to brand-new hardware and should carry longer warranty coverage. Under Apple's revised policies announced today, the company has heeded those complaints and when it swaps out customers' devices for replacement ones, they will be entirely new devices and carry fresh one-year warranties.

Apple has also made it more clear to customers what its standard repair policies are in China, with main parts such as motherboards receiving two-year coverage while other components receive one-year coverage. In addition, Apple has increased training for authorized service providers in China in order to ensure that they are fully aware of Apple's new and continuing warranty policies. Finally, Apple has also rolled out a new feedback form to provide a simpler mechanism for Chinese customers to contact Apple about service concerns.

Top Rated Comments

pubb Avatar
115 months ago
The Chinese have better warranty coverage than North America. Gotta love it.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kot Avatar
115 months ago
Too many apologies, Mr. Cook.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DipDog3 Avatar
115 months ago
Too many apologies, Mr. Cook.

Jobs would never apologize. The warranty issue is a feature not a bug.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bbeagle Avatar
115 months ago
Too many apologies, Mr. Cook.
The atmosphere surrounding Apple has changed since Tim Cook took over.

It used to be that Apple could be secretive and quiet, and the press would be all pro-Apple anticipating how wonderful things would be when Apple announced them. Now, Apple can't be secretive or quiet because the press is so anti-Apple in speculating in the worst possible way of things Apple hasn't said. The press knows that any negative article about Apple gets tons of clicks.

Tim Cook is starting to realize this change, and Apple must be more pro-active in shutting down negative rumors in the future. Perception is everything.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BMcCoy Avatar
115 months ago
Apple does not issue press releases with anything but perfect spelling and grammar..

But this is not an Apple press release. It is the Google Translation of one.

And that is something entirely different! :cool:
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DipDog3 Avatar
115 months ago
All news stories today should be taken with a grain of salt. Here in the U.S., it's day celebrated for fooling others. Just sayin'
Did you not read the very last line of Tim Cook's Letter??


...
As the consumers of the services provided by any Apple Store retail store or an Apple authorized service provider doubt, to Welcome www.apple.com.cn/support/service/feedback/ directly get in touch with us. Our goal is to consumers where to buy Apple products or receive services, users can enjoy world-class experience.

Heartfelt thank you to give us valuable feedback, we always harbor immense respect to China, the Chinese consumer is always the top priority of our hearts.


Tim Cook
Apple CEO


Ha Ha, April Fools! You know better, Apple doesn't apologize. -TC
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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