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Strange leak suggests Apple will vintage its Apple TV HD next month

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What you need to know

  • A new report says Apple will add the iPad Pro and iPhone 4S to its list of vintage and obsolete products respectively in June.
  • The leak also claims that the Apple TV HD is set to be classed as "vintage" despite the fact it's still on sale.
  • It seems more likely that Apple is planning to make its older third-generation Apple TV HD vintage.

A new report says Apple will add the iPhone 4S, original iPad Pro, and an Apple TV to its list of vintage and obsolete products later this month.

MacRumors reports that an internal memo sent to Apple stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers this week reveals that the first generation iPad Pro will be given the vintage treatment at the end of June, as the device has not been on sale for the allotted five years required by Apple. One of Apple's best iPhones, the iPhone 4S, is also reportedly set to become obsolete at the end of June, as this has not been on sale for more than seven years.

While both of these seem likely fairly regular moves from Apple and in line with its current vintage and obsolete measures, the report also says that the Apple TV HD is listed as destined for Vintage despite the fact that Apple still offers the device to customers. From the report:

Oddly, multiple sources advised MacRumors that Apple's memo says the "Apple TV HD" will also be classified as vintage at the end of June, despite Apple continuing to sell the device with 32GB of storage.

The most likely explanation, as explained by the report, seems to be that this might actually be a reference to the older third-generation Apple TV that was discontinued in 2016.

In May, analyst and Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple is planning to release a new more affordable Apple TV to go alongside the Apple TV 4K (2021) and "improve cost structure" for the device. He says this will debut in the second half of 2022.

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.