The iPad blacklist

Faced with an imminent WWDC, and the presentation of new products and operating systems, there are some iPad models that cause them to be on a “black list”, for various reasons. The main one is thaton teams that are about to stop receiving updates officially. And if we want to get hold of one of them, they may not be the best option if we want to enjoy 100% of the novelties of the Apple ecosystem.

These iPads could stop receiving new versions of iPadOS

Although it is not an official confirmation from Apple, the truth is that by paying attention to the update cycle of its products, we can already guess which most recent equipment could be in its last (or perhaps penultimate year) of operating system updates. . Currently, and in the absence of iPadOS 17, the models that are still compatible with iPadOS 16 are the following:

  • iPad mini 5th generation
  • iPad mini 6th generation
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad 6th generation
  • iPad 7th generation
  • iPad 8th generation
  • iPad 9th generation
  • iPad 10th generation
  • iPad Air 3rd generation
  • iPad Air 4th generation
  • iPad Air 5th generation
  • iPad Air 6th generation
  • All 12.9-inch iPad Pro models
  • All 11-inch iPad Pro models

Of all this list of models, the truth is that there is a case that must be highlighted, and it is the first model of the iPad Pro 12.9. This was launched and presented in 2016 and, as of 2023, it has already been on the market for seven years. Although the design is old and no longer has anything to do with the current ones, the truth is that a tablet launched so long ago continues to receive official updates.

If we start looking at more models that may be blacklisted from updates, we realize that the 3rd generation iPad Air It was presented and put on sale in 2019, while the 5th generation iPad did the same, but in 2017. If we are going to look at the iPad mini, the fifth generation of this product family was presented in 2019.

ipad air 2 black

Although the iPad Pro range and the iPad mini range are aimed at two completely different audiences, it must be taken into account that the iPad mini 4 was presented at the end of 2015, just a few months before the launch of the first iPad Pro. This It is important to take into account, if we see the iPad models that, being compatible with iPadOS 15, were left without the current version of the system. These are:

In last year’s update, these two models, although not considered obsolete, will no longer receive new versions of the system. As we mentioned at the beginning, there are still no official confirmations from Apple, but the truth is that the pattern of updates makes us focus on models that, due to their lifetime, can be part of a “blacklist”. », if we want to make one of them to get the most out of them. Although, with iPadOS these devices are functional, if our intention is to enjoy and try all the new features that will come to iPadOS 17, the truth is that we are going to find a “limited” device in that regard.