Monday, April 17, 2017
The iPad 4 is way past its warranty date, but should you need to have it serviced, you may end up receiving a brand new iPad Air 2.
The iPad 4 was the first iPad to come out with a lightning socket back in 2012, and it's now on its way for it's fifth anniversary (time does fly!) This model has already been discontinued, but Apple still provides official support for repairs. The thing is, now that the stock is gone, Apple service is using newer iPad Air 2 to replace broken iPad 4 units.
Though the iPad Air 2 is hardly a new iPad (it has also been discontinued), it's a device that is two generations newer than the iPad 4, and besides all the performance improvements, users that are lucky enough to get this switch will also get a very welcome storage bump: as the iPad Air 2 comes in 32GB and 128GB version instead of 16GB and 64GB of the older iPad.
Of course, you'll still be better off having a functioning iPad 4 than risking messing with it in hopes to get a iPad Air 2 "upgrade" for a reasonable price... and failing!