The products Apple discontinued in 2016
Roman Loyola reveals those that reached the end of the line
11in MacBook Air
In October, Apple announced that the MacBook Air would as only a 13in version. The 11in model is no longer available to the general public. If you really, really want one, you have to figure out how to get in on a volume purchase by an educational institution – that’s the only channel where the 11in MacBook Air is available.
13in non-Retina MacBook Pro
Apple switched the MacBook Pro to Retina displays in 2012, but the company kept one non-Retina MacBook Pro in its lineup: a 13in model that was originally released in June 2012. (The non-Retina is the bottom laptop in the picture above. A Retina MacBook Pro is on top.) It was discontinued this year, and it was the last Apple laptop that you could get with FireWire 800 and ethernet.
Thunderbolt and LED Cinema Display
Last July, Apple discontinued the Thunderbolt Display. Released in 2010, Apple actually stopped making the LED Cinema Display on 2013, but you could find it for sale. Now there are no signs of either display on Apple’s online store. Maybe you can find one at a retailer, if you hurry.
AirPort Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Express
In November, Bloomberg reported that Apple dissolved the wireless router division. For now, you can still buy an Apple router on its online store, but the products haven’t been updated in a long time. You’re better off with a third-party device.
MagSafe isn’t a product, but it is a much-loved feature of past Mac laptops. Apple stopped using breakaway power connector on the current
MacBook or MacBook Pro. Those two laptops use Thunderbolt/USB-C for power, and a good yank on a connected power cable will send the laptop flying off your lap or tabletop.
Third generation Apple TV
Four years after its release, Apple pulled the plug last October on the third-generation Apple TV. The current Apple TV is better, but Apple was selling the older device for £69, which is a lot cheaper than the current device (£139).
Original iPad Air
When Apple updates an iOS device, it sometimes keeps the older device around at a reduced price, giving buyers an affordable option. The original iPad Air, released in October 2013, served that purpose. But when Apple revealed the 9.7in iPad Pro last March, the company discontinued the original iPad Air. The iPad Air 2, which came to market in October 2014, is the only Air model in the iPad line-up.
The hardware (the car) is done, but the software has a chance to live on. Last October, a Bloomberg report said that Apple decided to scrap the car and pivot Project Titan to autonomous driving software. The development team has until late next year to prove that its self-driving system is feasible.
iOS 9 downgrades
iOS 9 isn’t really dead, but If you upgraded your iOS device from iOS 9 to iOS 10, your device has passed the point of no return. Last October, Apple stopped
signed iOS 9.3.5, which prevents anyone who has iOS 10 installed from downgrading the OS.
iOS Game Center app
If you’re heavy into iOS games, then maybe you miss the Game Center app. It was essentially Apple’s attempt at a gathering point for the gaming community. The Game Center service live on, though; you access Game Center features through the games themselves, and adjust the settings in Settings > Game Center.
Apple’s Mac operating system is still with us, but the moniker ‘OS X’ is dead. The Mac operating system is now called macOS, which fits better with Apple’s other operating systems (iOS, watchOS and tvOS). If you’re looking for an installer of the last version of OS X (called El Capitan), try looking in the Purchased section of the App Store app.