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Apple just vintaged the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2

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iPad Air 2 (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has made two more of its products 'Vintage'.
  • The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 are now considered vintage products, having stopped sales more than 5 years ago.
  • The iPad mini 2 was the first to feature a Retina display.

Apple has today made its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 officially 'vintage' products.

As noted by MacRumors both have now been added to the list of Vintage products, designated as such by Apple when a device has not been on sale for more than five years but less than 7 years. From Apple's website:

Products are considered vintage when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than 5 and less than 7 years ago.For products purchased in France, see Statutory Warranties of Seller and Spare Parts. Owners of new iPhone or Mac notebook products purchased after December 31, 2020 in France, may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers for 7 years from the date the product model was last supplied by Apple for distribution into France.

The iPad Air 2 was Apple's sixth-generation of the tablet, building on the original iPad Air, designed to be a lighter and more mobile version of the original iPad. Released in October 2014, it featured an A8X processor and a 9.7-inch screen, powered by iOS 8.1.

The iPad mini was first launched in 2012 but came with a lowly A5 processor and no Retina display upgrades Apple reserved for the iPad mini 2 which came out in 2013. The iPad mini 2 featured an A7 processor. First dubbed the 'iPad mini with Retina display', it was renamed the iPad mini 2 following the advent of the iPad mini 3 the following year. Strangely, the iPad mini 3 was added to the vintage list by Apple before its predecessor.

Both the iPad mini 6 and the iPad Air continue to be two of Apple's best iPads today, and some of the best tablets in the industry.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.