Apple Watch, Apple TV (3rd generation) get vintage status

Apple TV 3rd Generation

By the end of the month, several Apple devices are set to join the official vintage products list. Vintage products have been off the market for at least five years but no more than seven, and it may be difficult to receive repairs due to parts availability. Products seven years or older are considered obsolete, which means they are no longer serviced by Apple or any Apple Authorized Service Providers.

Original Apple Watch

On September 30, 2021 the original Apple Watch was listed as a vintage product. This is the first time an Apple Watch made the list since its debut in the wearables market in April 2015.

The original Apple Watch lineup includes 38mm and 42mm case sizes, in three different materials. Apple Watch Sport featured an aluminum case, Apple Watch offered stainless steel, and the Apple Watch Edition launched in 18 karat gold. Apple's first generation Apple Watch used a single-core Apple S1 system-on-chip.

At the end of October, two more products are slated for official vintage status. The Apple TV 3rd generation and the Apple Battery Charger will be designated as vintage.

Apple Battery Charger

Apple's battery charger first launched in 2010, offering an easy way to recharge AA batteries with an electrical outlet. Two nickel-metal hydride 1900 mAh 1.2V batteries shipped with the product, intended for use in wireless accessories such as the Apple Magic Trackpad. Newer models of Apple's wireless peripherals have internal lithium-ion batteries that are charged via Lightning port, making AA batteries unnecessary.

Apple Battery Charger 2010

Apple TV 3rd generation

The third-generation Apple TV console hit stores in early 2012. This model was released prior to the development of tvOS, which cannot be installed on the device. Without access to the App Store, the Apple TV 3rd generation requires stand alone apps that are pre-installed. Many third-party apps are no longer supported on this model.

The Apple TV remote included with the 3rd gen Apple TV uses a replaceable CR2032 button battery. Current Apple TV models have internal batteries rechargeable via Lightning cable.

Siri requires tvOS, which also means the voice assistant is not available on the Apple TV 3rd generation.

View the complete list of vintage and obsolete Apple products here.