Tuesday, Dec 06, 2022, 16:57 iOS: Hardware

The End Of Support For The iPad mini 3 Approaches

Quite a few developments have occurred between the releases of the first iPad mini and the current model: The computing power of the chips has increased considerably, and nowadays, Touch ID is even an expected feature in each device. The little tablet has also become compatible with the Apple Pencil and supports high data transfer rate thanks to Wi-Fi 6 and 5G. Slight modifications to the device have occurred with each generation, sometimes the changes were greater and other times less so. The iPad mini 3 was one device in the lineup with fewer innovations – and will shortly be scrapped.

Service For iPad mini 3 To End In A Matter Of Weeks
According to a memo acquired by MacRumors, product support for the iPad mini 3rd generation is about to end in a few weeks. Whilst there was previously only one special cellular version of the device in the series that had been "discontinued" there are also several other variants that Apple plans to give the same treatment to soon. Currently, most models of the iPad mini 3 are already classified as "vintage": Apple does indeed repair these devices, however, there have to be enough replacement parts on hand for the repair techs to do so. On the other hand, things look quite different for Apple devices not classifed as vintage and older than 7 years, as is the case for many Macs, iPods, Beats headphones, iPhones, and iPads: These devices are discontinued entirely such that it's impossible to receive any hardware service from them at Apple – with one exception: MacBook batteries.

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Unspectacular Product Care
The iPad mini 3 arrived on the market in 2014. It differed from its predecessors due to the addition of its Touch ID sensor and an additional, optional gold finish. Furthermore, Cupertino also dropped the 32 GB variant of the device – whilst all other changes were cosmetic: The camera came without the engraved ring of the previous generation's and the packaging was now similar to the iPad Air 2. Apple even left the chip alone, leaving the A7 to operate inside the tablet.

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