Apple Adds iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 2 to Vintage Products List

Apple today added the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 to its vintage and obsolete products list, as it has been more than five years since the devices were last offered for sale.

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The ‌iPad Air‌ 2 was first released in October 2014, and was the first ‌iPad Air‌ to feature a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It also used Apple's A8X processor and had a laminated gapless display, which made it significantly thinner than the original ‌iPad Air‌.

Launched in November 2013, the ‌iPad mini‌ 2 was colloquially known as the Retina ‌iPad mini‌, due to its Retina display with 2048 x 1536 resolution. Otherwise, visually it was identical with its predecessor, though it was slightly heavier and thicker. The tablet used an A7 processor and the M7 coprocessor originally introduced in the iPhone 5s.

The vintage products list features devices that Apple stopped distributing for sale more than five years ago and less than seven years ago. Apple provides service and parts for vintage devices for up to 7 years, or as required by law, but repairs are subject to parts availability.

On a side note, Apple was expected to move 2014's 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models and the mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro from vintage to obsolete at the beginning of May, but the latest update shows that only the two MacBook Airs have currently made the transition.

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Top Rated Comments

HeavenDynamic Avatar
27 months ago
Probably the first time that a product gets added to the vintage list while still supporting the latest version of iOS. Impressive.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
27 months ago
wow and the Air 2 even still received iOS 15. I still have it as a secondary iPad. What a great device.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EugW Avatar
27 months ago
I am so glad I didn’t succumb to the temptation of the iPad Air and waited for the iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 was a huge leap forward with twice the RAM and much improved SoC. I liked it so much I bought another one a year later for the wife. Now both are still being used every day by the kids. Given that the iPad Air 2 runs the latest version of iPadOS well, it looks like the kids will still have a couple of years life out of these great machines.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
T'hain Esh Kelch Avatar
27 months ago
My iPad Air 2 is going surprisingly strong still and being used every day, so I am very impressed with it. Sure, it is a slower than my Air 4, but still holds up quite well, and the kids love it. And it has the best design of any iPad out there - Thin, light, and very nice edges to hold on to.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
44267547 Avatar
27 months ago
The iPad Air 2 had an outstanding run. I still use mine regularly as a ‘back-up’, and it’s the one iPad that really has a ‘built tough’ construction behind it, especially compared to the newer iPad models that seem like they’re more cheaply made with a thinner aluminum casing.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChrisMoBro Avatar
27 months ago
My old iPad Air 2 is still doing pretty well. It needs a new battery but apart from that, it's perfect for my young daughter's needs.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)