While Apple is the gold standard for innovation, even they have to say goodbye to some of their better ideas on occasion. Each year they discontinue products for a variety of reasons, including lack of sales, dated hardware, and non-scalable software. Or they simply need to make way for the next generation of products so they can begin the sunsetting process on service and support. And this year is no exception. Here is a list of devices you won’t see on shelves in 2022.
- iMac Pro
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
- Apple Watch Series 6
- iPad 8th-gen
- iPad mini 5th-gen
- 21.5-inch iMac
- Apple TV 4K 1st-gen
- Beats EP/Solo Pro/Powerbeats 3
While it may be disappointing to see some of your favorites, if not stalwart, devices moving out of the market, rest assured that if you happen to hang on to them for a bit longer you may still be able to get support for them. Owners of iPods, iPads, Macs, and even Apple TV can get service and parts through providers like Apple Retail Stores or Independent Repair Providers. Sometimes this coverage can last for up to 5 years. Best to call your local Apple store to confirm details for your product.
Of course, if you are the type that likes to upgrade to new releases regularly, it’s important that you dispose and recycle appropriately. Apple has a specific “trade-in for credit” program that allows you to not just feel good about recycling properly, but to get paid money as well. An Apple Watch, for example, could yield as much as $200 and an iPhone could go for over $900, according to the apple.com website.
It doesn’t make you a Luddite if you like to hang on to your tried-and-true electronic products, but it is important to stay current with what is around the corner. Not only may you reach a day when you can’t get your device fixed by an authorized dealer, but you may be missing out on some bells and whistles that could make your life much easier.