Apple plans to add the first-generation iPad Pro to its vintage product roster in late June, the company announced this week in an internal memo distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers.
A product becomes “vintage” more than five years have passed since the last distribution of the product by Apple. Vintage products were previously not eligible for service at Apple, but Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers now offer repairs for vintage products for up to two additional years, subject to parts availability.
Released in November 2015, the original iPad Pro featured a 12.9-inch display that was significantly larger than the 9.7-inch screen of all previous iPad models. Along with the device, Apple introduced the iPad Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, which made the iPad Pro a direct competitor to hybrid tablets like Microsoft’s Surface. The Smart Keyboard magnetically attached to the new iPad Pro Smart Connector.
The original iPad Pro also featured Apple’s A9X chip, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a home button with Touch ID, and four speakers. In the US, pricing started at $799 for a Wi-Fi-only model with 32GB of storage, with LTE models also offered.
Curiously, several recommended sources MacRumors Apple’s note says “Apple TV HD” will also be classed as vintage at the end of June, although Apple continues to sell the device with 32GB of storage. Apple discontinued the 64GB model of the Apple TV HD after introducing the second-generation Apple TV 4K in April 2021, but it hasn’t been long enough for the device to be classified as “vintage” on the market. based on Apple’s current definition.
Even if the Apple TV HD were to be discontinued at Apple’s upcoming WWDC conference, it would also be far too early for the device to be classified as “vintage” under Apple’s current definition, as there is no wouldn’t have been nearly five years since the end of the cast.
Apple TV HD was first released in October 2015 as the fourth generation Apple TV and was renamed after the Apple TV 4K launched in September 2017.
One possible explanation is that “Apple TV HD” is a typo and that Apple actually meant to refer to the “Rev A” edition of the third-generation Apple TV, which was discontinued in October 2016 but is remained available for some time after that as pending orders. have been met, which means that the device can now reach five years after its last distribution.
Additionally, the 32GB models of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will also be classed as vintage in late June, the memo says.
Apple’s note indicates that the iPhone 4S will be classified as “obsolete” at the end of June. The products are considered obsolete when Apple stopped distributing them for sale over seven years ago and are no longer eligible for hardware service except in a few regions.
Apple announced the iPhone 4S in October 2011 as the first device with Siri. The device featured a similar design to the iPhone 4, with features like a 3.5-inch screen, A5 chip, 30-pin dock connector, and 8-megapixel rear camera.