According to an internal memo seen by MacRumors, Apple is going to expand its list of obsolete products by adding the original iPad Air on May 31st. In addition, the company is also expected to make its Thunderbolt Display an obsolete product.
It has been seven years since Apple stopped selling these devices in the market, therefore, they are eligible to be labeled as obsolete Apple products. Such devices can no longer receive replacement parts or repair at Apple Stores and authorized retail partners.
The original iPad Air was announced in October 2013 featuring Apple’s A7 64-bit SoC with an M7 motion processor and 1GB of RAM. It had a 9.7-inch Retina display and shipped with Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi N, a 1.2MP front camera, and a 5MP rear camera. It had iOS 7 out of the box and received iOS 12.5.7 as its latest update which was released in January 2023. However, the original iPad Air did not support the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
On the other hand, Apple Thunderbolt Display hit the market in 2011 and the company pulled the plug on it in 2016. Priced at $999, it was a 27-inch 1440p flat panel monitor with support for IPS technology and a 178-degree field of view. angle. It comes with a built-in FaceTime HD camera, a 2.1 channel speaker system, an ambient light sensor, a Gigabit Ethernet port, three USB 2.0 ports, etc. Moreover, its Thunderbolt connector supports up to five devices via daisy-chaining.