They changed my one week old ipad with a cracked screen for free, even without the applecare plan. Actually I had to ask at two different apple stores, because the first one wanted me to pay 300 usd for a new ipad. However, the second place just asked me to get applecare plus and they would replace it for free. 99 usd and 30 minutes later I had a brand new ipad!
I am so pleased with the sales rep and manager at Apple store in Miami beach that helped me! Many thanks!