Apple will issue replacement iPad when battery runs out
iPad owners will pay $99 to receive a new device when they need a replacement battery.
It means that iPad users will effectively have to buy a new device if their battery becomes unable to hold a full charge over time.
The iPad - which goes on sale in the US on April 3 is a sealed unit, which means users cannot replace the battery themselves.
Instead, they have to send their old iPad in to Apple, and will receive a replacement iPad in return.
"If your iPad requires service due to the battery's diminshed ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee," said Apple on its website. "The service costs $99, plus $6.95 shipping. The total cost is $105.95 per unit."
Users are urged to ensure the data on their iPad is backed up before sending it in for the iPad battery replacement service, because the replacement iPad "will not contain any of your personal data".
The move has raised eyebrows in the technology community.
Several Apple products need to be returned to Apple in order for the battery to be changed, but the iPad is the first device where Apple has explicitly said it will send users a completely new unit.
The iPhone, by contrast, is "serviced" by Apple before being returned to the user.
Apple has started to take pre-orders for the iPad in the US, and the company's website has revealed more details about the touch-screen, tablet-style computer.
Users who choose a 3G model and sign up to a limited-use data plan will receive on-screen alerts to warn them how much of their data allowance they have used and how much is remaining.
Users will also need to download and install the iBooks application on their iPad via the App Store.
Users can add bookmarks to the books they are reading, look up any word in a document using the iPad's built-in dictionary, and even have their books read aloud to them using the iPad's VoiceOver tool.
And Apple has also added a screen rotation lock to the device, enabling users to "fix" the screen in landscape or portrait orientation, which is useful when reading lying down.
Apple is yet to announce UK and Irish pricing details for the iPad, or the cost of the battery replacement service for consumers.