Lucknow: Quite often tech giant Apple adds a product or two to its vintage or obsolete products list. The latest iPhone variant to be added to the vintage list is the iPhone 6 Plus, which was launched in 2014. Now, the iPhone 6 Plus is officially a vintage Apple product.
What Vintage Apple products mean
Apple classifies its products as vintage when they no longer get regular software updates. A standout feature about the Apple products like iPhone, iPad or Mac is that they continue to get software updates for a minimum of five years. However, a vintage product doesn’t get any updates and Apple also doesn’t promise repairs or service to these products. On its support page, the tech giant explains, “Products are considered vintage when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than 5 and less than 7 years ago.” Notably, this doesn’t imply that the device will stop working but it’s just that the shelf life is further reduced when regular updates stop.
Last year in December, it was reported that Apple will put the iPhone 6 Plus on the vintage products list and now a year later the company has officially made the iPhone 6 Plus vintage, which means that the phone will not get regular software updates, which means users who have the iPhone 6 Plus will not get the chance to download iOS 16, which is expected to be rolled out in 2022.
It is to be mentioned that the iPhone 6 Plus was launched alongside iPhone 6, however, the smaller variant is still not vintage. One of the reasons is that Apple had officially stopped selling the iPhone 6 Plus in 2016 — two years after its launch.
The flagship smartphone of Apple, iPhone 6, was being sold till as late as 2018 in several countries. Also, iPhone 6 Plus was the first ‘big’ screen iPhone that was launched as till then Apple had not waded into the big screen phones space.