AS Apple has entered a new arena of larger screens with the launch of iPhone X models, it is the right time to quit the older ones. Therefore, the Cupertino based tech giant has updated its inventory and declared the iPhone 5 as vintage and obsolete one (more precisely, vintage for the US and obsolete for the rest of the world).
About iPhone 5
The iconic iPhone 5 was launched in 2012 and remained one of the most popular flagship iPhone devices of that time. It was the first iPhone to feature a large display of a whopping 4-inches, where Apple decided to move away from the standard 3.5-inch screen featured for five generations of the mobile device.
Following the same trend, Apple adopted the larger screens moving towards the phablet trend that can now be seen in the latest 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max.
Not to mention that iPhone 5 introduced a number of advanced technologies six years from now including a retina display, a lightning port and the 4G LTE connectivity. With the release of iOS 11 last year, Apple ended iOS support for the iPhone 5 and other devices featuring 32-bit processors.
Apple’s Vintage and Obsolete policy
When a product rolls out, Apple supports with parts maintenance and repair for at least five years after the end of production. Later, Apple routinely transitions these products to obsolete or vintage, as new hardware versions are released.
Apple categorizes devices as vintage when they have been in production for over five years but less than seven. Vintage devices are excluded from continuing repair and maintenance support in regions where local laws prevent such laws.
The iPhone 5 witnessed a great time but its journey ends here as you’ll never see it again.