Apple has quietly killed off a bunch of older devices in the last few months — here are the products that are gone forever

Apple killed off the iPhone SE in September.

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Apple killed off the iPhone SE in September.
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In the last several months, Apple has taken the opportunity to clean house.

Since September, Apple has quietly killed off more than half a dozen of its older devices, including some beloved iPhone models and the fanciest Apple Watch – it even eliminated the iPhone X, which first hit store shelves less than two years ago.

Here are all the devices Apple has discontinued in recent months.


Apple Watch Series 1

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The Apple Watch Series 1 debuted in 2016, alongside the higher-end Apple Watch Series 2. Up until Wednesday, Apple still sold the Series 1, positioning it as a cheaper alternative to the Apple Watch Series 3, which was announced in 2017. Apple already quietly discontinued the Series 2 last year.

The Apple Watch Series 1 was something of a budget option – until it was discontinued this week, the Series 1 sold for $249.

These days, you can still find it at third-party retailers like Walmart for as little as $125.


Apple Watch Edition

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Introduced when Apple first launched its smartwatch in 2015, the super-premium Apple Watch Edition came with an 18-karat gold case and started at $10,000.

In 2016, Apple replaced the gold cases with ceramic ones and lowered the starting price of the Watch Edition to $1,250.

Now, the Apple Watch Edition has been removed from Apple’s lineup entirely. But it’s not much of a surprise – when Apple announced last year’s new smartwatch operating system in June 2018, the Edition and original Apple Watch were not included in the list of devices eligible for the update.


iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

The iPhone 6S and its larger sister phone, the iPhone 6S Plus, were released in 2015, making them 3-year-old phones at this point.

While there wasn’t much reason to buy them anymore in terms of specs, both phones had a major selling point: They were two of the only three models of iPhone being made that still sported a headphone jack. Starting with 2016’s iPhone 7, all newer iPhones have only had Apple’s own Lightning port connector.

Up until it was discontinued, Apple was selling the iPhone 6S for $450, and the iPhone 6S Plus for $550. If you’re an iPhone 6S devotee, you can still buy the devices through your carrier, or find refurbished versions online. But it doesn’t seem like Apple will be making any more.


iPhone SE

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Until it was killed off, the iPhone SE had been a rare budget-conscious device from Apple, priced at $350. It was smaller and more lightweight than other iPhones, too, still sporting the well-regarded iPhone 5 design. Plus, it had a headphone jack.

The cheapest iPhone is now the iPhone 7, which starts at $450.


iPhone X

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Perhaps the most shocking news to come out of the iPhone event last fall was that Apple decided to kill off the iPhone X.

The year-old phone was Apple’s flagship product last year, and it was warmly received by critics. One would expect Apple to discount the phone rather than eliminate it altogether. And yet, it’s been relegated to the scrap heap of history.

Still, the iPhone XS rendered the iPhone X redundant – it has a nearly identical design, with improved specs, at the same starting price point of $999.


10.5-inch iPad Pro

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In March, Apple introduced new iPad models, and in the process, killed off an older version: the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which was released in 2017.

The reason probably had something to do with the new iPad Air, which featured the same 10.5-inch screen combined with Apple’s latest processor, the A12 Bionic.


12-inch MacBook

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The 12-inch MacBook, left, with a MacBook Air.
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Apple launched the 12-inch MacBook in 2015, and last updated it in 2016. Now, it’s getting the axe.

Apple has focused its attention recently on its other MacBook models, including the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. On Tuesday, Apple announced that its new MacBook Air would be getting a $100 price cut (which brings the price down to $1,099), while its entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro was getting several upgrades.