Apple to replace iPad 4th gen with iPad Air 2

Posted April 20, 2017

The upgrade will be available on Apple stores and authorized service providers. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo even stated that the A10X chipset will be manufactured by Taiwanese Semiconductor unit and Apple has ordered A9 chipset from Samsung. The company aims to ship the newer iPad Air 2 device in the place of the older devices such as the 4th generation iPad.

In a leaked memo obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple says: "Starting March 30th, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2".

With everything that Apple has to offer right now, it feels like the Apple MacBook Air might be losing its position in Apple's lineup as new report suggest that Apple might be looking to kill off the MacBook Air soon. The current iteration of the 4th gen iPad was discontinued in October 2014 to make room for the iPad Air 2. For that reason, users may receive a slight upgrade in storage when getting a replacement in addition to the device's newer and more powerful internals overall. The iPad Air 2 came in two years later, which also signaled the discontinuation of the fourth generation tablets from the Cupertino, California technology firm. The fact of the matter is that Apple usually offers support for its devices for around 5 years after discontinuing them. Nonetheless, the free upgrade is going to be made possible in every Apple official store and authorized service provider.

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The iPad 4, or fourth-generation iPad, was first announced in September 2012. It is now simply named "iPad".

The base model comes equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and 32 GB of onboard storage. Although the company didn't reveal any specific information about the iPad Pro Mini, but it seems that 9.7-inchs model can be considered as a mini version of iPad Pro 2. Apple is likely running out of parts and replacement tablets for the older iPad.

This is a great little move from Apple, as it ensures that users get at least something in return rather than nothing at all. Do you have an erring fourth-generation iPad that's in dire in need of fix?