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Apple now considers the fourth-generation iPad from 2012 an obsolete device, meaning the tablet is no longer eligible for hardware repairs.
The fourth-generation iPad first launched in November 2012 and was the first Apple tablet in the company’s lineup to ditch the 30-pin connector for a Lightning port. It had an A6X chipset which provided up to twice the processor and graphics performance of its previous third generation iPad.
Apple considers products vintage after ceasing to distribute them for more than five years and less than seven years. Obsolete products are those that have not been available from Apple for more than seven years.
While vintage products can still be repaired, subject to parts availability, obsolete products are not. However, while he won’t repair outdated products himself, he notes that there is a network of more than 5,000 Apple-certified technicians who may be able to fix a device.
However, having a fourth-generation iPad repaired by these certified technicians will depend on the availability of parts from third-party sources, and it’s probably not a cost-effective repair, given the age of the product.