APPLE recently obsolete millions of iPhones, including the best-selling iPhone of all time.
After the release of iOS 16 last month, all iPhones older than the iPhone 8 will no longer receive software updates.
These include the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as the iPhone 6 – the most popular iPhone in history.
The iPhone 7 series and some older models only support up to iOS 15 and can no longer receive updates.
If you own one of these devices, you should seriously consider upgrading.
That’s because you don’t get critical software upgrades that protect your device from cyber attacks.
Each year, Apple adds a handful of older iPhones to its list of “vintage” devices that are no longer regularly supported.
Apple’s support page states: “Products are considered vintage if Apple stopped offering them for sale more than 5 years and less than 7 years ago.”
The tech giant added: “Products are considered obsolete if Apple stopped offering them for sale more than 7 years ago.”
It says it’s “retiring all hardware service for obsolete products,” so you’ll never be able to fix them with official Apple parts.
Finally, Apple stops releasing software updates for older models, exposing them to bugs and hackers.
Which iPhones are obsolete?
The following iPhones are now considered vintage:
- iPhone 4 (8GB)
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6plus
Which iPhones were already obsolete?
Apple has a public list of all iPhone models that are obsolete worldwide.
Here is the full list:
- iPhone 3G (Mainland China) 8GB
- iPhone 3G 8GB, 16GB
- iPhone 3GS (Mainland China) 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 3GS (8GB)
- iPhone 3GS 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 4 CDMA
- iPhone 4 CDMA (8GB)
- iPhone 4 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 4 GSM (8GB) Black
- iPhone 4S (8GB)
Apple says it designs its devices to last and you’re not expected to replace them every year.
However, once an iPhone no longer supports updates, it can become problematic to use.
If you do not regularly receive certain security updates, your personal data could be at risk.
Apple provides support for certain legacy products.
Will all iPhones become obsolete?
Top analyst and longtime industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple expects to replace the iPhone in just 10 years — by 2032.
In its place would be an AR device – that’s augmented reality.
AR is when computer-generated imagery overlays the world around you.
Right now you can see AR in apps like Pokemon Go.
But tech companies — including Facebook, Microsoft, and Google — are scrambling to create AR devices that can be worn.
Some of these already exist, as in the case of Microsoft HoloLens.
Apple is said to be working on its own version.
The best tips and hacks for phones and gadgets
Looking for tips and hacks for your phone? Want to find these secret features in social media apps? We’ve got you covered…
Get the latest news about WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and other tech gadgets here.
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science Team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9522093/millions-iphones-obsolete-dangerous-check-model/ Millions of iPhones Just Got “Obsolete and Dangerous” – Check Your Model Now