Apple is usually praised for releasing new products. iPhone 13 Pro and M1 Pro / Max MacBook Pro are clearly some of the best launches of the company in 2021. But as we approach 2022, there are some products that Apple should definitely stop selling as they do not make sense in its range longer.
Apple Watch Series 3 (2017)
This is not the first time we have said that Apple should stop selling the Apple Watch Series 3. The product is still great for those who already own one, but I could never recommend you to buy the smartwatch right now or next year.
The main problem here is the availability of storage space. With only 8 GB available with the Apple Watch Series 3, it is impossible to update it properly. Apple found a solution, which is to restore your watch every time there is a new update, but the company could have fixed it by simply selling an upgraded version of the watch, perhaps the cellular version with 16 GB of storage space.
If you are considering buying an Apple Watch but do not want to spend more on the new Series 7, there is the much faster and very capable Apple Watch SE launched in 2020, which combines the best of Series 4, Series 5, and Series 6 .
iPod touch (2019)
Once a great product, now completely forgotten on Apple’s website, you actually have to make a real effort to find 2019 iPod touch there.
Apple announced that the current iPod touch is about “fun at full speed.” The company even promoted the iPod touch as a gaming device before releasing its Apple Arcade service. Now, with over 200 games on its gaming subscription platform and three years later, the iPod touch feels lost in time.
It runs on the A10 Fusion chip found in the iPhone 7. Although twice as fast as its previous model and has three times better graphics performance, with only a 4-inch Retina display, the iPod touch feels too small. It has an 8 MP camera that can video record in 1080p HD and has a FaceTime HD camera with 1.2 MP resolution.
I really wish Apple would update this now forgotten device with a bigger and brighter screen, more storage capacity and improved cameras. Although I think it would be better just to buy an iPhone or iPad mini, there are still people who just want a device to listen to some songs, have a few apps and forget about mobile connection.
Mac mini (2018)
With Apple in the midst of the transition from Intel to its own Apple Silicon, it now feels strange that the company is still selling a Mac mini with an Intel processor. More expensive than the M1 counterpart, which is one reason why you should not buy a Mac with Intel right now: Apple will drop support sooner rather than later.
Intel Mac mini comes with 8th generation Intel Core i5, with 8GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 630 and 512GB SSD storage and can go up to 3.2 GHz 6-core 8th generation Intel Core i7, 64GB RAM, up to 2 TB SSD storage and 10 Gigabit Ethernet support. While it may still be a great computer today, it does not meet its Mac entry level, as it costs at least $ 1,099, while the M1 Mac mini starts at $ 699.
Beats Solo3 Wireless (2016)
Since Apple owns Beats, we could not let Beats Solo3 Wireless stay off this list. Since the company recently launched Beats Solo Pro, which is an infinitely much better product, why is Beats / Apple still selling Beats Solo3 Wireless?
Although it has up to 40 hours of battery life, the Beats Solo3 Wireless has the old “cheap” look of the Beats brand, unlike the Solo Pro, which had a nicer and premium look (although it was not comfortable at all).
Solo3 Wireless uses the W1 chip, so it helps to have fast pairing with all your Apple devices, but for $ 200, the AirPods Pro and Beats Fit Pro do a better job of ANC, features and sound quality. If you’re looking for headphones, then the Beats Studio3 Wireless might be helpful, though I also think Apple should just make new Beats headphones as soon as possible.
For me, these are the four products that Apple should choose from its range. I think they are lost in time and any customer who bought one right now would be disappointed with the overall experience.
What do you think of them? Is there another product you think Apple should not sell in 2021/2022? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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