In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced a brand-new product – an iPad. As he said, is there place for a product between iPhone and Mac? Something to be better for some key tasks, like Internet browsing, playing games and watching videos? And then Steve Jobs, at keynote in San Francisco, showed iPad to the world, a tablet that changed our tech lives forever.
Next year in March, Apple introduced a second generation of iPad, called simple iPad 2. This was the best selled iPad and many users still use it in 2019. It started with iOS 4 a it got update till iOS 9 (including). This is a dream for Android users. Its new SoC A5 had up to nine times more graphics performance in compare to A4 packed in first generation iPad. In short words, it was just amazing.
Time flies, and as with any old Apple product, iPad 2 just got obsolote. In real world, it means that Apple stopped hardware services. However, in California and Turkey, iPad 2 got status “vintage”. So what’s the difference between “obsolete” and “vintage”?
It’s because of law in these countries. As Apple said on its webpage, there are differencies:
Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Apple has discontinued hardware service for vintage products with the following exceptions:
- Mac products purchased in the country of Turkey. Owners of vintage Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the country of Turkey
Products purchased in the state of California, United States, as required by statute:
- Owners of vintage Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the state of California, United States
- Owners of vintage iPod products in the state of California may obtain service from Apple Retail Stores or by contacting AppleCare at 1-800-APL-CARE
- Owners of vintage iPhone products in the state of California may obtain service from Apple Retail Stores or by contacting AppleCare at 1-800-APL-CARE
For products purchased in France, see Statutory Warranties of Seller and Spare Parts.
Obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased. Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products. All Apple Retail Stores and the Canadian, European, Latin American, and Asia-Pacific operating regions follow the U.S. product list, but make no distinction between vintage and obsolete. When applied to Apple Retail Stores and these operating regions, products on the U.S. vintage list (all models) are considered obsolete.
This means, that legendary iPad 2 won’t get hardware support, except California and Turkey where required by law – Apple must continue to offer some level of service for the iPad 2 in Turkey and California until 2021.