(TechNews) Following Apple’s inclusion of the iPhone 6 Plus on its list of obsolete products in February this year, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 have also recently been added officially, making it difficult to obtain official repair services for these products in the future.
The iPad Air 2, launched in October 2014, was Apple’s first iPad Air with Touch ID recognition and utilized the A8X processor. As for the iPad mini 2, which was launched in November 2013, it utilized the same A7 processor as the iPhone 5s, along with the M7 motion-sensing co-processor.
Apple mostly considers products that are 5 to 7 years old as outdated. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 have already exceeded this lifespan and it is quite reasonable to deem these products obsolete.
However, the inclusion of a product on the obsolete list does not mean that the device cannot be used. If consumers have maintenance requirements, it will depend on whether the company has replacement parts in stock. If there are missing parts, Apple will not repair this product for users.
According to GSMARENA (1/20), Apple may unveil the new iPhone SE, christened the iPhone SE+ 5G, sometime between late April and early May. According to what is currently known, this model will be a continuation of the previous generation design wise but whether it will employ a 4.7-inch LCD screen with a Touch ID button is unknown. The only thing known for certain is that it will be able to connect to 5G.
The SE models launched in 2020 utilized the A13 chip and a 4G Modem (the same configuration as the iPhone 11) and, according to rumors, the new SE will adopt the A15 chip and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 modem, (like the iPhone 13). TrendForce believes, as the release of the affordable iPhone SE (third generation) is imminent in 1H22, it has entered small batch production. The plan to supply in April is roughly on schedule and the first batch of mass production is expected to be 4 million to 5 million units. Although this new model is distinguished in neither appearance and nor specifications, as the most affordable of Apple’s 5G mobile phones, paired with brand premiums, it is still expected to occupy a place in a market where large-sized panels are king, More than 20 million units of this single model will ship throughout the year. （Image credit: Pixabay）
Resource: The iPhone SE+ 5G will become available in late April or early May, claims analyst