Apple has recognized another iPad as completely obsolete

Apple has recognized the fourth generation of its iPad tablet as completely obsolete. Apple separates two stages that discontinued devices go through. First, the product is considered "obsolete". Devices fall into this category if Apple stopped distributing it for sale more than 5 years ago and less than 7 years ago.

The device then becomes "retired" - when Apple stopped distributing it for sale more than 7 years ago. For retired products, the following rules apply - Apple itself no longer deals with them, and service centers cannot order official spare parts for retired products.

The iPad 4, which debuted in 2012, fell into the “out of service” category. Thus, additional complications may now arise with the repair of this tablet. Note that the iPad 4 was the first among Apple tablets to switch from the 30-pin connector to the more modern Lightning. 

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