Apple has extended its service coverage for Apple Watch (1st gen) models experiencing expanded/swollen battery problems to three years, covering customers for service for an additional two years beyond the complimentary 1-year Limited Warranty that it provides with the device.
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The issue with swollen and expanded batteries on first-gen Apple Watch models has been documented online by users experiencing the issue— here on Apple support forums, for example, and here on Reddit— but appears to not be widespread or something that has made mainstream media headlines.
Apple normally has a service program that covers all of its devices for repairs related expanded/swollen battery issues for two years (1 year beyond the 1-year Limited Warranty it provides with all devices), so the extension for Apple Watch first-gen extends its coverage an additional year beyond coverage for other products.
The change comes as the 1st gen Apple Watch passes the two year mark after having been introduced April 24, 2015