If you have a broken iPad 4, Apple may replace it with an iPad Air 2, according to an internal memo dated earlier this month and recently uncovered by MacRumors.
An excerpt of the memo to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers reads:
Starting March 30, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2 models. Apple’s repair and order management tool will indicate for each repair if a substitution will take place. Please note the substitute part’s color and capacity to ensure the customer understands what their replacement iPad whole unit will be.
The iPad 4, or fourth-generation iPad, was first announced in September 2012. It was pulled from the market just one year later, although it returned briefly in March 2014. It was retired for good in October of that year.