Apple flagged the iPhone 5c as an old product in October 2020 and now a new one report good has claimed that on November 1, the Cupertino-based tech giant will mark the iPhone 5c as an obsolete product, end all repairs and services. The iPhone 5c was launched in 2013 alongside the iPhone 5s in blue, green, pink, yellow and white color options. The iPhone 5c was released aimed at the budget-conscious customers.
The company recently added the iPhone 6 Plus to the list of iPhones that are now considered ‘vintage’ across the world. Apple launched the iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014 alongside the iPhone 6. The company launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus series smartphones almost two years later in September 2016. However, Apple continued to offer the iPhone 6 to interested buyers, which is why the phone is still not on Apple’s list of vintage or obsolete products.
In addition to updating its outdated product lists, Apple has also added its fourth generation iPad to the list of products it has deemed obsolete globally. Apple’s fourth generation iPad was released back in 2012. A MacRumours report states that the fourth-generation iPad was marked as obsolete internally in November 2021. However, the company had not updated its public until now.
Apple regularly adds its older products, including the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Mac, and iPod, to its list of outdated and obsolete products. These two lists have different criteria that enable a specific device to be included in the list.
Apple says products are considered ‘vintage’ when Apple stopped distributing them for sale for more than 5 years and less than 7 years. On the other hand, the company considers the products ‘obsolete’ when Apple stopped distributing them for sale for more than 7 years. “Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete, regardless of where they were purchased,” the company says.
Older products are eligible for hardware service. However, obsolete products do not qualify for hardware service.
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