Apple’s next iPhone is rumored to be a few months away from launch, but that means some older models will be pushed to the deprecated list.
Apple discloses which iPhone models are deprecated or too old to receive important software updates.
Apple’s support page states, “A product that is more than five years and less than seven years old is considered vintage after Apple ceased selling it for sale.”
The tech giant added, “When Apple stopped selling it for sale seven years ago, the product was considered obsolete.”
It says “discontinue all hardware servicing for obsolete products” and therefore cannot be repaired with official Apple parts.
Eventually, Apple will stop creating software updates for older models.
Which iPhones will be discontinued?
The following iPhones are considered vintage.
- iPhone 4 (8GB)
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5C
- iPhone 6 Plus
Which iPhone is already outdated?
Apple has also released a list of all deprecated iPhone models worldwide.
Here is the full list:
- iPhone 3G (Mainland China) 8 GB
- iPhone 3G 8GB, 16GB
- iPhone 3GS (Mainland China) 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 3GS (8GB)
- iPhone 3GS 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 4 CDMA
- iPhone 4 CDMA (8GB)
- iPhone 4 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 4 GSM (8 GB), Black
- iPhone 4S (8GB)
Apple says the device is designed to last and won’t be replaced every year.
However, if your iPhone stops supporting updates, you may experience problems using it.
If you do not receive certain security updates on a regular basis, your personal data can be vulnerable.
Apple offers some support for certain obsolete products.
Will all iPhones be obsolete?
Chief analyst and longtime industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects Apple to replace iPhones in just 10 years by 2032.
In its place will be AR devices, which are augmented reality.
AR is a computer-generated image superimposed on the world around it.
AR is currently available in apps like Pokemon Go.
But tech companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, and Google, are busy developing wearable AR devices.
Some of these already exist, as in the case of Microsoft HoloLens.
Apple is said to be developing its own version.
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