But don't fret. If you qualify for a replacement slab, Apple will be more than happy to send you 2014's Apple iPad Air 2 instead.
"Starting March 30th, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2", reads an internal Apple memo obtained by 9to5Mac.
If you take your fourth-generation iPad into Apple for a fix, the company may replace your tablet with a newer iPad Air 2 instead. It's up to every store manager if they decide to replace an iPad 4 with another in-stock iPad 4, iPad Air, or an iPad Air 2. Assuming nothing changes, Apple can be expected to fix, support, and replace (as needed) 4th generation iPad models up through at least around the end of 2019.
If you happen to have an old iPad model lying around that is still under AppleCare warranty, it could be a great way to upgrade your device. So while Apple has been supporting the tablet for the last five years, it's likely that the company is simply running out of units to offer as replacements.
According to the company's top executives, the upgrade will be accessed on a number of the authorized services providers as well as I the various Apple stores. This could translate into storage gains for 4th gen iPad users looking for replacements, as the 4th gen is available in 16GB and 64GB models as well.
On the other hand, another Apple product is on the verge of dying out and it is none other than the fourth generation iPad. Being released two years later than the iPad 4, the iPad Air 2 naturally has more to offer.
The newer device is targeted at mid-stream users and has a low retail price of $329.
The base model comes equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and 32 GB of onboard storage. If so, that could be a nice storage bump for those bringing an iPad in for fix.
Thoughts about the free upgrade? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below, as always.