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Apple says the iPhone 6 Plus is now "obsolete" and the iPad Mini 4 is "vintage"

Apple says the iPhone 6 Plus is now "obsolete" and the iPad Mini 4 is "vintage"
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Apple considers a product "obsolete" if it has been 7 years since its last official sale - this means that Apple Store and authorized Apple service providers will no longer offer repair or other hardware services for the device.

The company has long maintained a list of its obsolete and vintage products (including iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Mini 4 respectively) - it is available at this link.

Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014 - the smartphones received key updates such as larger screens and Apple Pay support. The company discontinued the production of the iPhone 6 Plus in September 2016, however the iPhone 6 remained available through resellers in some countries for a few more years, so it is not yet considered "obsolete".

The day of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus presentation at Eaton Center in Toronto, Canada. Photo: Hannah Yoon / The Canadian Press

As for the software support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it was discontinued in 2019 with iOS 13.

Regarding the definition of "vintage" products, to which the iPad Mini 4 now belongs, these are devices that have been out of distribution for 5 years. Apple Store and authorized Apple service providers continue to offer repairs for such devices for an additional 2 years depending on parts availability.

Apple has also added iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in (PRODUCT)RED color to their list of "vintage" products.

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