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Apple classified the fourth-generation iPad as an obsolete product as of November 1, meaning the device is no longer eligible for hardware service worldwide, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors. The fourth-generation iPad has yet to be added to Apple's public-facing vintage and obsolete products list, but it should be soon.

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Released in November 2012 alongside the original iPad mini, the fourth-generation iPad did away with Apple's classic 30-pin connector and adopted the Lightning connector that had debuted in the iPhone 5 just weeks earlier. The fourth-generation iPad also gained Apple's A6X chip for up to twice the CPU performance and up to twice the graphics performance of the A5X chip in the third-generation iPad that had launched in March 2012.

Apple also classified the Late 2012 model Mac mini as an obsolete product as of November 1, according to the memo.

Article Link: Apple Says Fourth-Generation iPad Released in 2012 is Now Obsolete
 

OS X Dude

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Very glad someone posted this! I was an iPad 3 owner but, given how much heavier the 4 was, I didn't really care too much and the Air represented a massive leap forward a year later anyway. I ultimately upgraded to the Air 2.

What gets me is that I can remember being in my first year of uni, and my lecturer was showing off his brand-new iPad Mini 1 and we all cooed over it... how was that 9 years ago?!
 

jonproject

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At truly great iPad. I was one of the suckers that bought the 3rd gen that was made obsolete (performance-wise) after like 1 or 2 OS updates, but this one kept on ticking. I only just retired my daughter's this past June.
 

shakerstevens

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Very glad someone posted this! I was an iPad 3 owner but, given how much heavier the 4 was, I didn't really care too much and the Air represented a massive leap forward a year later anyway. I ultimately upgraded to the Air 2.

What gets me is that I can remember being in my first year of uni, and my lecturer was showing off his brand-new iPad Mini 1 and we all cooed over it... how was that 9 years ago?!
iPad 3 and iPad 4 weight exactly the same
it was the earlier iPad 2 that weight less

 

lleial

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Yeah, I'm using our iPad 4 the same way.
Back in 2017, my gf and I did this road trip on the East coast of Canada and we used the iPad 3 (32GB and 3G) for photos, videos and navigation! It worked flawlessly with more than enough battery; My mother has had to throw out over half a dozen android tablets, probably spending much more than what I did back in the day (700€), during the same time, which today is almost a decade!
 

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oneMadRssn

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This was my first iPad. I didn't own it very long due to the limitations of iOS. Unfortunately, most of my biggest gripes back then as still not resolved today on iPadOS. 9 years later and not much has changed.
 
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Mr. Dee

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Was this the one they called ‘The New iPad’ that came with a retina display and used a pink hibiscus in the marketing images?
 

iosfan1991

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Apple classified the fourth-generation iPad as an obsolete product as of November 1, meaning the device is no longer eligible for hardware service worldwide, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors. The fourth-generation iPad has yet to be added to Apple's public-facing vintage and obsolete products list, but it should be soon.

ipad-4-lightning.jpg

Released in November 2012 alongside the original iPad mini, the fourth-generation iPad did away with Apple's classic 30-pin connector and adopted the Lightning connector that had debuted in the iPhone 5 just weeks earlier. The fourth-generation iPad also gained Apple's A6X chip for up to twice the CPU performance and up to twice the graphics performance of the A5X chip in the third-generation iPad that had launched in March 2012.

Apple also classified the Late 2012 model Mac mini as an obsolete product as of November 1, according to the memo.

Article Link: Apple Says Fourth-Generation iPad Released in 2012 is Now Obsolete
Look at that superior user interface with logical icon images related to the function of the applications, 3D background on the app dock at the bottom of the UI, and general "magic" feel.
 
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