Cast your mind back to 2014, when Apple finally succumbed to pressure and released a larger iPhone. The iPhone 6 not only brought a new design language and the introduction of Apple Pay, but also marked the first time the lineup was split, with a Plus model offering a larger 5.5-inch display.
Well, that iPhone 6 Plus is now officially considered “vintage” by Apple – but its little sister, the regular-sized iPhone 6 – is not. That’s because the 6 Plus has now been off the market for a full five years, while the smaller model was sold for a longer time.
Apple designates products as vintage when they reach this age, which affects the availability of support and repairs. Consumer laws vary around the world, but Apple typically can still offer help with a vintage product – but access to replacement parts can be very limited.
So if you’re still rocking one of these aging devices, it might be time for an upgrade soon – especially as both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are stuck on iOS 12, missing out on new features and essential security upgrades alike.
Still, it’ll be another two years before iPhone 6 Plus is downgraded even further to the obsolete list, which is the final nail in the coffin for anyone looking for repairs or replacement parts.
Speaking of which, the fourth-generation iPad has recently been added to the obsolete list almost a decade after its release. Say what you will about Apple, that kind of longevity is a key reason people prefer iPhones and iPads to the competition.