Apple Officially Obsoletes First iPad With Lightning Connector

Alongside adding the iPhone 6 Plus to its list of vintage and obsolete products, Apple today also updated its list to officially consider the fourth-generation iPad released in 2012 as obsolete.

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The fourth-generation ‌iPad‌ was marked internally at Apple as obsolete in November, but it had not updated its public list to make it official until today. The fourth-generation ‌iPad‌ was announced in November of 2012 and was the first ‌iPad‌ to feature the Lightning connector, revealed for the first time on the iPhone 5 announced weeks earlier.

Alongside the introduction of the Lightning connector to the ‌iPad‌, the fourth-generation ‌‌iPad‌‌ was twice as fast and had up to three times better graphics than the previous model.

Apple today also updated its list to officially mark the Mid-2010 and Late 2012 Mac mini models as obsolete.

Top Rated Comments

Agit21 Avatar
8 months ago
Add the lightning port to the vintage list Tim.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xXRainKingXx Avatar
8 months ago
The real iPad 3.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kyjaotkb Avatar
8 months ago
Man, iOS 6 on this thing was *flying* I will always miss "updating" it to iOS7...
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrGimper Avatar
8 months ago
I remember being absolutely livid when this launched 6 months after I'd purchased my ipad 3... pretty much proving that the A5x was gimped.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zarmanto Avatar
8 months ago
My 2012 Mini has worked great for many years, and with a recent upgrade from HDD to SSD, I suspect it will continue to run without issue for several more years. I will admit, I'm starting to consider repurposing it, though... with the conclusion of macOS software support on that hardware, it may end up becoming another Linux server in its next life, much like a 2010 Mini Server sitting in my home office.

Our household still has three of those iPads, too, largely working but in various states of disrepair, because kids.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
glitch626 Avatar
8 months ago
My first iPad. Loved that thing and it lasted forever. Decided to give it to my Dad when I got my Pro. He absolutely mangled it.

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