When will your iPhone model become “obsolete”? Official Apple warnings revealed

IF you’re clinging to a fairly old iPhone, it could soon be obsolete.

With Apple releasing new models every year, it spells the end for others before it.

Outdated iPhones mean no more service


Outdated iPhones mean no more serviceCredit: Alamy

Apple is pretty good at keeping old devices running, even though they’re getting really slow.

In general, an iPhone is considered obsolete if Apple stopped selling it more than seven years ago.

Obsolete means Apple no longer offers hardware service repairs.

What phones are currently on the death list? And what’s coming soon?

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Which iPhones are obsolete?

If you own one of these and are still using it, it’s officially a legacy iPhone.

  • iPhone
  • 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)

It’s hardly surprising considering the latest on this list, the iPhone 4S, was released in 2011.

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Which iPhones will be obsolete next?

Apple defines “vintage” iPhones that it stopped selling for more than five and less than seven years.

That means they’re near the nearest chopping block.

The vintage list includes:

  • iPhone 4 (8GB)
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 6plus
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So if you’ve managed to keep using an outdated iPhone for so long, it’s probably worth getting a new one – not least it can be a major Security risk with old software.

Those on the vintage list may last a little longer, but some are also vulnerable to hackers as there’s no version of iOS available for them.

Old iPhones are also a security risk


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