Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple 2,073 2073 people found this article helpful Is Your iPad Obsolete and Outdated? Here are the models that are discontinued by Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated on November 04, 2020 reviewed by Christine Baker Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Christine Baker is a marketing consultant with experience working for a variety of clients. Her expertise includes social media, web development, and graphic design. our review board Article reviewed on Feb 15, 2020 Christine Baker Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email If you have an obsolete or outdated iPad, it may be unable to run the newest apps, or it won't update existing apps. In a technical sense, an obsolete device is one that's no longer supported by the manufacturer. Here's a list of which iPads are still supported, which are discontinued but supported, and which are obsolete in 2020. Obsolete Models in 2020 The following iPad models became obsolete on or before October 2020. In this case, obsolete means the models are both discontinued and unsupported by Apple. These devices don't support the latest versions of iPadOS. iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), and iPad (4th generation)iPad AiriPad mini, mini 2, and mini 3 Lifewire / Theresa Chiechi Discontinued but Supported The following models are no longer sold, but these devices remain within Apple's service window for iPadOS updates: iPad Air 2nd and 3rd generationiPad mini 4iPad Pro, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generationiPad, 5th, 6th, and 7th generation Currently Sold and Supported If you own one of these devices in the autumn of 2020, you're in excellent shape: iPad Pro, 4th generationiPad Air, 4th generationiPad mini, 5th generationiPad, 8th generation Uses for Obsolete iPads An iPad out of the service window isn't necessarily useless because it no longer receives iPadOS updates. An older tablet makes a great tableside companion in your living room, an effective e-book reader, or a light-duty device for reading mail or checking your favorite websites. It's okay to use the device until it dies. Still, the longer your iPad goes without updates from Apple, the more likely it is that security glitches could affect your tablet. So, don't use an unpatched iPad for important or sensitive applications. Which iPad Should You Buy?