Apple's throwing the original iPad Air and an iconic Mac display on the scrapheap soon

Thunderbolt display in black and white
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Apple will reportedly add two of its most iconic products to the obsolete list at the end of this month.

Products are added to the obsolete list when they are no longer eligible for repairs at Apple or its authorized partners which effectively means that it's time to start looking for a replacement.

In this case, the two products are the very first iPad Air as well as the 2011 Apple Thunderbolt Display.

Gone but not forgotten

The very first iPad Air was launched in 2013 before being discontinued in 2017. It wasn't without its issues, but the tablet was thinner and lighter than the previous iPad and also boasted thinner bezels around its 9.7-inch display. That made the tablet appear much more svelte than anything that came before it and sold for $499 at the time. The tablet had an A7 chip and was powered by iOS 7. The last update it received was iOS 12.5.7, suggesting owners still using the original iPad Air are missing out on plenty of new software features.

As for the Thunderbolt Display, that lasted five years before it was killed off in 2016. We now have the Studio Display and Pro Display XDR of course, but there was a big gap after the Thunderbolt Display's demise before we saw any sign of a new display from Apple. The Thunderbolt Display was once the best Mac display around thanks to its 27-inch 1440p display and included ports. The addition of an Ethernet port, FireWire 800 port, and of course a Thunderbolt port made it a great way to connect multiple devices over a single cable. There were also two USB-A ports for good measure.

MacRumors reports that both products will be added to the obsolete list as of May 31, 2023. Products become obsolete when it has been more than seven years since they were last sold.

Oliver Haslam

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