It has been quite a few years since the release of the fourth-generation iPad. It now appears that customers who require whole unit repairs are being upgraded to the iPad Air 2.
According to the folks at 9to5Mac, Apple and other authorized technicians will be able to provide the iPad Air 2 as a valid replacement for those bringing in iPad 4th generation for service. The fourth-generation iPad was released alongside the original iPad Mini in 2012. It has long been discontinued but still supported by Apple. As stock of replacement devices dwindles, customers may now get the option to replace it with a newer iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 includes a better processor, thinner profile, and also comes with other enhanced features. Naturally, these replacements will be at the discretion of the service provider.
Interestingly enough, the iPad Air 2 was recently discontinued in March, making way for the latest iPad. While the specifications remain the same, the release highlight was perhaps the decrease in price by $70.