As Microsoft gets ready to launch new versions of its Surface tablets in stores tomorrow, it is also extending two previous offers that could net someone at least $200 in a Microsoft Store gift card if they turn in an old iPhone and/or an iPad.
Microsoft first introduced the in-store trade-in offer for iPads in early September, with a cut off date of October 27th. It offered the same deal for turning in old iPhones later that same month, with the deadline set for November 3rd. This week, Microsoft quietly updated both dates on its Microsoft Store website. The new deadline to take advantage of these trade-in offers has now been extended to December 31st. That means that consumers have until the end of 2013 to get that gift card that could be used to help purchase a new Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablet.
Just a reminder: Apple's second, third and fourth-generation iPads are eligible for this trade-in offer (not the iPad mini, sorry), along with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The power cord for the devices must also be included when they are traded into the Microsoft Store.