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Apple Gadgets Discontinued by Apple in 2023: Is Your Gadget on the List?

As we near the end of 2023, it's a good time for Apple fans to reflect on the significant changes in the company's lineup. The firm no longer manufactures some Apple gadgets and accessories. Let's look deeper at the five products Apple has said will be phased out in 2023, signalling a shift towards new technologies and environmental stewardship

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As we near the end of 2023, it's a good time for Apple fans to reflect on the significant changes in the company's lineup. The firm no longer manufactures some Apple gadgets and accessories. Let's look deeper at the five products Apple has said will be phased out in 2023, signalling a shift towards new technologies and environmental stewardship.

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MacBook Pro 13-Inch

Last week, it marked the end of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, with its seven-year-old design and Touch Bar. Apple unveiled the new 14-inch MacBook Pro with the usual M3 CPU and many enhancements such as a 120Hz ProMotion display, a 1080p camera, and extra connections. It replaces its predecessor, the 13-inch model, which started at $1299, with a starting price of $1599.

13-inch iPhone Mini

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Apple said goodbye to the iPhone 13 small in September, ending the compact iPhone era. Despite its popularity among fans of smaller handsets, market studies showed that it sold less than other iPhone models. The iPhone 12 mini is still available as a reconditioned model, while the iPhone SE with a 4.7-inch display is the most recent small-sized iPhone. MacRumors states the upcoming iPhone SE will include a larger 6.1-inch display, but the exact release date is uncertain.

MagSafe Duo Charger

The Apple MagSafe Duo Charger, presented in 2020 as a $129 foldable charging mat that could charge both iPhones and Apple Watches, was also axed in September. Like the MagSafe Battery Pack, its Lightning charging connector became a relic of the past in a world-embracing USB-C connectivity.

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MagSafe Battery Pack Charges Out

The Apple MagSafe Battery Pack, released in 2021, was withdrawn in September, corresponding with the release of the iPhone 15 series. This $99 magnetic device offers additional battery life for iPhone 12 and newer generations. However, because all iPhone 15 models now have USB-C connectors, the Lightning charging port on the battery pack has become obsolete.

Accessories Made of Leather

To assume greater environmental responsibility, Apple discontinued the sale of leather accessories in September. This featured leather iPhone cases, the MagSafe Wallet, Apple Watch bands, and other items. The business unveiled a new FineWoven fabric material for accessories, emphasising its "significantly lower" carbon footprint than leather. Despite the environmentally responsible approach, some customers have expressed worries about the new iPhone cases being prone to scratches and stains.

As Apple says goodbye to these items, it opens the door to new possibilities, promising a future of cutting-edge technology and environmentally friendly options.

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