5 products discontinued by Apple in 2021

Apple announced several new products this year, ranging from the colorful 24-inch iMac to four iPhone 13 models, but we also said goodbye to some other products. Below we have collected five products and accessories released by Apple in 2021.

HomePod

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In March 2021, Apple announced that they were stopping by the full-size HomePod to focus its efforts on the HomePod mini. At the time, Apple said it would continue to provide software updates, service and support for the larger HomePod.

When the HomePod launched in February 2018, reviews praised the speaker for its sound quality, but its original price of $ 349 was significantly more expensive than competing smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Even after Apple lowered the price of the HomePod to $ 299, sales of the speaker reportedly remained deficient.

iMac Pro

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The full-size HomePod was not the only Apple product released in March 2021, when the iMac Pro was also discontinued in the same month. At the time, Apple said the 27-inch iMac was the preferred choice for the vast majority of pro iMac users, adding that customers who needed even more performance and expansion options could choose the Mac Pro.

Released in December 2017, the iMac Pro did not receive any major hardware updates during its lifetime, resulting in the 27-inch iMac eventually becoming faster and more affordable than the standard ‌iMac‌ Pro with a 10-core Xeon W processor.

While the iMac Pro is discontinued, Apple is expected to release an advanced 27-inch iMac with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips next year.

Space Gray Magic accessories

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A few months after the iMac Pro was discontinued, Apple stopped selling Space Gray versions of the Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse 2 for Mac on a standalone basis. Apple continues to sell the accessory in silver.

21.5 inch iMac

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In October 2021, Apple discontinued its final 21.5-inch iMac model, which had remained available as a low-end configuration suitable for educational institutions. The discontinuation came as no surprise when Apple six months earlier had introduced an ultra-thin and colorful 24-inch iMac powered by its specially designed M1 chip.

Apple has only three Intel-based Macs left in its series, including the 27-inch iMac, Advanced Mac mini and the Mac Pro Tower.

iPhone XR

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After launching the iPhone 13 series in September 2021, Apple stopped using the iPhone XR. The series now consists of four iPhone 13 models, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11 and the second generation of iPhone SE.

The iPhone XR was introduced in September 2018 and has a 6.1-inch LCD screen with Face ID, an A12 Bionic chip and a single rear camera.

Other products that Apple stopped this year after being updated include the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 6, fifth generation iPad mini, eighth generation iPad and first generation Apple TV 4K. Apple also stopped selling the original Powerbeats, Beats Solo Pro and Beats EP headphones.

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