iPad 2 heads for Apple’s obsolete list

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iPad 2 is so old it doesn’t have a Lightning port. And it has a single speaker.
iPad 2 is so old it doesn’t have a Lightning port. And it includes just a single speaker.
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An early Apple tablet is about to be put out to pasture. The second-generation iPad is reportedly going on the “vintage and obsolete products” list at the end of this month.

Most people might be surprised to hear that this device, released in 2011, isn’t already listed as obsolete.

The circle of life

The iPad 2 debuted in March 2, 2011, and wasn’t discontinued until March 18, 2014. That means it’ll soon be 5 years since it went out of production. An Apple internal memo indicates this iOS device is about to be added to the official vintage and obsolete products list, according to MacRumors.

That includes all versions of this tablet, whether Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and cellular.

Users of the iPad 2 might have seen the writing on the wall years ago. The last operating system upgrade compatible with this tablet was iOS 9.x. Still it received six major upgrades over the years, starting with  iOS 4.

It’s time to move on

Computers and peripherals are considered vintage 5 years after they were last manufactured. With this designation, they can only get service and parts from Apple if they were purchased in California or Turkey due to local laws, but nowhere else.

After two more years, the iPad 2 will apparently be labeled obsolete. “Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products,” states the company.

In an interesting twist, the iPad 2 stayed off the vintage list longer than the iPad 3. This slightly newer model didn’t remain in Apple’s product lineup as long, so it became a vintage model back in 2017.