Apple Says Thunderbolt Display and Original iPad Air Now Obsolete

Apple today added the Thunderbolt Display and the first-generation iPad Air to its obsolete products list, meaning the devices are no longer eligible for repairs or other hardware service at Apple Stores or Apple Authorized Service Providers.

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Apple classifies a product as obsolete once more than seven years have passed since the company stopped distributing it for sale. Apple discontinues all hardware service for obsolete products, and service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products. Both the Thunderbolt Display and the original iPad Air were discontinued in 2016.

Introduced in 2011, the Thunderbolt Display featured a 27-inch screen with 1440p resolution, a 720p camera, three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a Thunderbolt port. Priced at $999, the Thunderbolt Display was the last Apple-branded monitor until the Pro Display XDR launched in 2019.

The original iPad Air launched in 2013 and featured a 9.7-inch display and the A7 chip. It was advertised as being 20% thinner and 28% lighter, and having 43% narrower display bezels, compared to the previous-generation iPad.

Apple also classified the fifth-generation entry-level iPad as vintage. Apple considers a product to be vintage once more than five years have passed since the company stopped distributing it for sale, but repairs and service may still be available until the product becomes obsolete in two more years, subject to parts availability.

Top Rated Comments

Spaceboi Scaphandre Avatar
12 months ago
I didn't know displays could be "obsolete"
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
McWetty Avatar
12 months ago
Sounds like a great time to offer a newer version of the Thunderbolt Display that’s cheaper and less SoCs than the Studio Display.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
msackey Avatar
12 months ago

Thunderbolt was always obsolete. It's been over a decade since thunderbolt has been on the market and I've still NEVER seen anyone use it.
I've used Thunderbolt. It's not an Apple-only port. It's an industry standard and I have seen others use it. It's not as common as USB. The latest version of Thunderbolt now uses the same USB C plug and port that you're familiar with. Apple came out with a Thunderbolt adapter that allows the older style plug to be compatible with the newer Thunderbolt 3 port which is the USB C port.

One place one would have more likely have seen Thunderbolt ports and plugs is in the video editing industry.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Obioban Avatar
12 months ago

Does not meant you have to stop using them. It only means it won't receive further Security Updates.

This is the biggest issue with the latest Apple monitors that run a version of iOS and require firmware updates. Once they're "obsolete" they'll likely be left unsupported. Probably isn't an issue for the average person at home, but is an issue for businesses and government.
WTF are you guys talking about? These aren't network/internet connected devices-- the OS on them just controls the brightness, cameras, speakers, etc. The thunderbolt display and studio display will continue to function, without any security implications.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antiprotest Avatar
12 months ago
So is Tim Cook but he keeps chugging.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bsbeamer Avatar
12 months ago
This is the biggest issue with the latest Apple monitors that run a version of iOS and require firmware updates. Once they're "obsolete" they'll likely be left unsupported. Probably isn't an issue for the average person at home, but is an issue for businesses and government.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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