As we noted earlier this month, one of Apple’s earliest tablets is now officially classified “obsolete” by the company.
Apple’s iPad 2, released in 2011, packed a dual-core A5 processor, thinner form factor, and VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras. However, what was state-of-the-art almost a decade is ago is now considered so old that Apple Stores will no longer service it.
This applies to all versions of the iPad 2, including Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and cellular versions.
The only exception to this rule is Apple’s home state of California and Turkey. Both of these markets have consumer protection laws that mean that Apple will have to continue supporting the iPad 2 until March 2021.
Vintage and obsolete
Apple classes vintage products as ones which were discontinued five years ago. Obsolete products, meanwhile, are those discontinued more than seven years back. It means that Apple users are unable to obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers.
While it’s now reached the end of its life, the iPad 2 hung around for an impressively long period. It outlasted both the iPad 3 and iPad 4. Apple sold the iPad 2 until 2014. The last operating system upgrade compatible with it was iOS 9.x.
You can check out a list of all Apple’s vintage and obsolete products (at least, going back to Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in the late 1990s) here.
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