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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.

Article Link: Apple Officially Obsoletes First iPad With Lightning Connector
 
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skardvin

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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.

ipad-4-lightning.jpg

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 2021 Mac mini models as obsolete.

Article Link: Apple Officially Obsoletes First iPad With Lightning Connector
I think you mean "Late 2012 Mac mini" not "Late 2021 Mac mini."
 

Duncan-UK

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IIRC this came out the same day as the first iPad mini. I bought both upon release day even though I’d bought the first retinal iPad only a few months earlier. Both iPads are still in use by my mother.
 

headlessmike

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The A6(X) chip in the iPad 4 and iPhone 5 was really impressive at the time, leaps and bounds better than the A5 it replaced. It was the first custom ARM design by Apple and paved the way for the future. Today it seems to be somewhat forgotten compared to the A7 that followed and it's jump to a 64 bit design.
 

Reason077

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Pfft, obsolete?! My iPad still has the 30-pin connector. And it works great! So long as you don’t care about modern apps. Or modern websites…

But the WiFi, the Music app, and even the App Store (good luck finding compatible apps) all still work! The original battery is still in good condition after 11 years. Classic iOS games are the best (FTL!)
 

lybentius

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Got mine in 2012 or 2013 (don’t remember) and still have it now! Replaced it with an iPad Air 4 last year.
 

zarmanto

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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.
 
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