There are still many tablet owners holding onto their devices which are several years old. It makes sense since tablet owners don’t really update as often as smartphone users. But like everything else, tablets get old and are put out to pasture.
Take the third-gen iPad for example. Apple is expected to declare the third-gen iPad obsolete later this month. This is based on an alleged memo that Apple has sent out to employees telling them about these plans. It states that both the WiFi and cellular models will be cut from the list of officially support devices.
The third-gen iPad is already five years old, so this isn’t really a surprise. Anyway Apple is more interested in pushing the iPad Pro and the capabilities of the Apple Pencil these days. So what does obsolete actually mean? Apple says, “Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.”
So official repairs will no longer be possible, although you could probably still take it to third-party repair shops, but they may not have the parts. It is probably time for an upgrade anyway to be honest. Either way they won’t be supporting it.