This week Apple has updated the list of vintage and obsolete products to add a device that was more than a little heavy in its day: the iPhone 5c. An iPhone that now has limited repair support.
First vintage, then obsolete
Apple periodically places its oldest products on the vintage and obsolete list, two grades of age that are marked by when the devices were last sold and involve variations in the possibility of making repairs.
Vintage products are those that were discontinued more than five years ago and less than seven years ago. Vintage Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV products will continue to be eligible for hardware repair service from Apple service providers, including Apple Retail Stores, based on inventory availability or as required by law.
Like this, if we still have one of these iPhones and it needs to be repaired, it will depend on the availability of parts and tools needed in the store we went to. What was one of the most colorful versions of the iPhone family, which we first saw in September 2013, is part of a long list of products that showcase the evolution of Apple and its devices.
In 2022 the iPhone 5c will be in the obsolete product category, which will end the technical support. And while some products are being phased out, others are waiting to be released, soon we’ll have the Apple Silicon Mac with us.