Following Apple policy, the Cupertino-based company has expanded the number of devices that fall into the Vintage category after adding the 3rd generation Apple TV, a device that stopped being sold 5 years ago, a time established by Apple to consider a product like Vintage.
The 3rd generation Apple TV hit the market in 2012, a generation that it was not renewed until 2016, when Apple officially introduced the 4th generation Apple TV. Since then, many applications have been discontinued on this device.
It should be remembered that this model does not run tvOS, so the applications had to be updated completely independently, something that did not compensate the developers who have gradually abandoned it.
When a product is considered Vintage, Apple nor make sure you have the necessary components to fix them in case they stop working or a component breaks.
When the product is considered Obsolete (When 7 years have passed since it stopped being sold), Apple cannot fix the device as the availability of parts is limited between 5 and 7 years.
The 3rd Apple TV is not the only vintage
The Cupertino-based company has also included in this category the battery charger launched in 2010, charger that included 6 AA rechargeable batteries for use with the original Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse.
With the renovation that these products received a few years ago, they no longer need batteries, since use rechargeable batteries located inside the device. These devices are charged through the lighting cable, but it is a matter of time before Apple launches a new generation that uses the USB-C connection if it wants to unify all the charging cables once and for all.