Obsolete Apple products [New: iPad Air 1 and Thunderbolt Display]

Apple has listed the first-generation iPad Air and Thunderbolt Display as obsolete products. This means the devices are no longer eligible for repairs by Apple-authorized service providers, worldwide.

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iPad Air 1 and 27-inch Thunderbolt Display became obsolete products on May 31

In an internal memo, obtained by MacRumors, the tech giant notified that the iPad Air 1 and 27-inch Thunderbolt Display were added to the obsolete products list on May 31. 

  • The 27-inch Thunderbolt Display launched in 2011 with a single Thunderbolt and retailed for $999. It had replaced the 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display. It was discontinued in 2016. 
  • Launch in 2013, the first-generation iPad Air featured a 9.7-inch display and A7 chip. Its Wi-Fi-only variant was available for $499. The tablet was discontinued in 2016.

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Are obsolete products eligible for Apple-authorized repair service? 

The products which the tech giant has stopped distributing for sale over 5 years but under 7 years as vintage. The products which the company stopped distributing for sale more than 7 years ago are considered obsolete and are not eligible for Apple-authorized service.

Products are considered obsolete when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased.

Apple discontinues all hardware service for obsolete products, with the sole exception of Mac laptops that are eligible for an additional battery-only repair period. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.

January 4, 2023: Launched in 2014, the iPad mini 3 is now listed as an obsolete product after eight years. 

iPad mini 3

In February 2021, Apple added iPhone 6 Plus to the list of vintage products and the iPad 4 to the list of obsolete products. In December 2022, it was reported that Apple had notified service providers that all iPad Mini 3 models, Wi-Fi and Cellular, would be listed as obsolete.

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