Apple says iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 are ‘vintage’

The iPad Air 2 was a great tablet for its time. But his day was almost a decade ago.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2, a pair of tablets from nearly a decade ago, have been added to Apple’s list of vintage products. This somewhat limits the repair options for them.

This is a step towards them being declared obsolete by Apple. But that won’t happen until at least ten years after the launch of these products.

Apple devices have a very long lifespan

Although bad news for some people, the periodic announcement that a Mac, iPhone, or iPad has been declared vintage or obsolete can serve as a reminder of how long Apple computers remain useful.

The iPad mini 2 was released in 2013. It was Apple’s first 7.9-inch tablet with a Retina display. And the iPad Air 2 launched in 2014. It was the first tablet with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

All these years after their debut, Apple has only just hinted that maybe it’s time to start thinking about replacing them.

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 are vintage and not obsolete

The tablets have been classified as vintage because it has not been manufactured for five years. With this designation, they can still be repaired by Apple and authorized service providers, but this is “subject to parts availability”, according to Apple.

In 2024 they will be labeled obsolete, the end of the line for authorized repairs. But it’s going to be hard to argue against that designation for tablets that have been released since 2013 or 2014.

The last Apple products to be labeled vintage or obsolete were the iPhone 6 Plus and iPad 4 in February 2022.

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