updated 3/15/2010 4:12:05 PM ET 2010-03-15T20:12:05

Apple says it will replace iPads with dying batteries for about $100.

Apple's iPhone and iPad both have sealed-in batteries that owners can't replace themselves. As it does with the iPhone, Apple says it will give people whose iPads have a "diminished ability to hold an electrical charge" an entire new unit. The service will cost $99 plus $6.95 in shipping charges.

The information, posted on Apple's support Web site, was reported earlier by the AppleInsider blog.

Apple's first iPads, which can connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi but not cellular networks, go on sale April 3. The least expensive model will cost $499. The company is taking pre-orders online, as well as reservations for the device. Models that have both Wi-Fi and 3G cellular connectivity, provided by AT&T, will be available in late April.

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