The prod­ucts Ap­ple dis­con­tin­ued in 2016

Ro­man Loy­ola re­veals those that reached the end of the line

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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.

Ap­ple Car

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.

‘OS X’

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.

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