About a month after Apple announced their iPad trade-in program for retail stores in the US and Canada it looks like the program has found its way across the pond to Europe, including us here in the UK. According to the information you should now be able to trade in your iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Mini at Apple stores in exchange for a newer model iOS device.
Separate reports indicate that France, Germany and Spain are also included in the iPad trade-in program roll out for Europe. As for valuation of the iPad at trade-in it will follow the same model as for the iPhone trade-in scheme, with Apple Store employees making valuations based on the condition of your iPad.
Previously upgrade hungry iPad owners have had to go to the likes of eBay or other technology recycling schemes to get money back from their old devices to part fund their new ones. With the launch of the Apple Store iPad trade-in scheme it means that Apple will still be able to push updated devices to their massive customer base as well as have better control of the second hand device market.
We don’t know yet how competitive the Apple Store iPad trade-in program will be compared to alternatives, so if you have tested it out, please let us know.