Apple’s AA battery charger and third generation Apple TV have been added to the list of vintage products

Apple's AA battery charger and third generation Apple TV have been added to the list of vintage products

Tech Highlights:

  • Many third-party apps have already stopped supporting the third-generation Apple TV, which was introduced in March 2012. The third-generation Apple TV is also the last to lack access to the App Store because it does not run tvOS.

  • Apple notified Apple Authorized Service Providers today that the third-generation Apple TV and accompanying AA battery charger would be added to its historic items list on October 31.

Introduced in July 2010, the Apple Battery Charger was priced at $29 and included six rechargeable AA batteries for use with the original Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse for the Mac. Apple discontinued the charger around 2016 and the Magic accessories now have built-in batteries that can be recharged via Lightning.

Some macOS Big Sur users who are running the 11.1 and recently released 11.2 update have been experiencing ongoing issues with external displays, based on multiple reports on the MacRumors forum, Apple Support Communities, Twitter, and Reddit. There are at least two separate issues at play, but both are related to external display connections.

In the past, vintage Apple products were no longer eligible for repairs at the Genius Bar or at Apple Authorized Service Providers, but Apple now provides service for up to seven years on vintage products, subject to parts availability.

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