Apple Launches Repair Program for Apple Watch Series 6 Blank Screen Issue

Apple today launched a repair program for the Apple Watch Series 6 to address an issue that can cause a small percentage of the devices to exhibit a permanently blank screen.

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This problem impacts the 40mm Apple Watch Series 6, and affected devices were manufactured between April 2021 and September 2021. Apple says that Apple Watch Series 6 owners can use the serial number checker on the website to determine whether their devices are eligible for the repair program.

Devices that have been impacted by this issue will be repaired free of charge by Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

The program covers eligible Apple Watch Series 6 models for two years after the first retail sale of the unit.

Top Rated Comments

Apple fan from Korea Avatar
12 months ago

Do repairs in this case involve fixing the watch hardware itself, or exchange for one that is ‘new’?

Just curious how this goes with newer watches. Mine fortunately still runs as well as when I got it on launch.
Apple rarely fixes the watch itself. When my watch had a defect they replaced it with a new unit
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stiligFox Avatar
12 months ago

HIJACK: What percentage of the iWatch experience can I get with a MBP but no iPhone?
0% honestly. An iPhone is still a requirement to even use an Apple Watch.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ouimetnick Avatar
12 months ago
But no repair program for all the failed original HomePods...?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rlhamil Avatar
12 months ago

But no repair program for all the failed original HomePods...?
I had one under AppleCare+ that bricked itself. I could live without that particular one in a pinch (I have others and a couple of Echo Dots) but wanted it fixed before the AppleCare+ expired. No problem; made an appointment, took it in, they confirmed that it wouldn't reset. Got the message to pick up the replacement a couple of days later. No problem removing the old and adding the new although it promptly updated itself, which took a long time. I think I then turned OFF auto updates - I have 3 big ones and 2 Minis, and given bricking possibility, I prefer to do one at a time a few days after other people have been the guinea pigs.
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Craptastic Avatar
12 months ago
Remember your watches can’t be damaged, and they aren’t repaired at all. Watches aren’t replaced in store, either. Watches are mailed out to an offsite repair facility and replaced.

Your watch needs to exhibit the issue in the quality program for this to work.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
twocents Avatar
12 months ago
Do repairs in this case involve fixing the watch hardware itself, or exchange for one that is ‘new’?

Just curious how this goes with newer watches. Mine fortunately still runs as well as when I got it on launch.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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