The apple company has just declared iPhone 5 an old product in the United States and Turkey, and obsolete in the rest of the world. According to MacRumors, Apple determines that a product is vintage five years after it ceases to be manufactured. It is important to note that Mac and other products on the old, generally obsolete list are no longer eligible for hardware service.
Cupertino’s firm officially launched the iPhone 5 in September 2012, and at that time the device introduced some important design changes, as the team came to market with a lighter aluminium-based body, a higher screen with an almost 16:9 aspect ratio, LTE support and an A6 chip.
In addition, the iPhone 5 was the first Apple smartphone to include a Lightning port , which replaced the 30-pin design used by previous models.
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“Discontinued products are those that have not been manufactured for more than five years and less than seven” , Apple states on its official website. There, the company also shares the following list that includes iPhones declared obsolete around the world (for the time being, iPhone 5 is still not listed):
- iPhone 3G (China) 8 GB
- iPhone 3G 8GB, 16GB
- iPhone 3GS (China) 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 3GS 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 4 CDMA
It’s worth remembering that all products that are declared obsolete by Apple after a period of time will no longer be supported. Similarly, Cupertino’s firm assures that service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.