Is Your iPad Obsolete and Outdated?

Here are the models that are discontinued

If you have an obsolete or outdated iPad, it may be unable to run the newest apps, or it won't update existing apps.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 the manufacturer no longer supports. Here's a list of iPads that are no longer supported, discontinued but supported, and supported.

Obsolete Models

The following iPad models are obsolete. In this case, obsolete means the models are both discontinued and unsupported by Apple. These devices aren't made anymore, and they don't support the latest versions of iPadOS.

  • iPad: original, 2, 3, 4.
  • iPad Mini: original, 3
Envious-looking person seeing others with newer iPad models
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Vintage iPads

Vintage iPads are not quite obsolete, but they don't receive full support from Apple. They may receive small updates including bug fixes. Apple's official definition of "vintage" is that they've been unavailable for sale for between five and seven years. The following iPads fall into this category and may lose full support soon:

  • iPad 4
  • iPad Air: 1 and 2.
  • iPad Mini: 2.
  • iPad Pro: 9.7-inch (1st generation) and 12.9-inch (1st generation).

Discontinued but Supported

The following models are no longer sold, but these devices remain within Apple's service window for iPadOS updates:

  • iPad: 5, 6, 7, and 8
  • iPad Air: 3 and 4.
  • iPad Mini 5
  • iPad Pro: 2 (10.5-inch and 12.9-inch), 3 (11-inch and 12.9-inch), 4 (11-inch and 12.9-inch), and 5 (11-inch and 12.9-inch).

Currently Sold and Supported

The following devices are both available in stores and receive full software support from Apple, including both bug fixes and full iPadOS updates.

  • iPad: 9 and 10
  • iPad Air 5
  • iPad Mini 6
  • iPad Pro 6 (11-inch and 12.9-inch)

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.

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