Apple this week updated its list of old and obsolete products also known as vintage. The iPhone 5c, the first iPhone with a colorful design released by Apple, is now considered an old device, which means that technical support for this model is now reduced and limited.
A vintage iPhone 5c
As Apple mentions on its website, a product is considered old when it has not been sold for more than five years. This applies to different product lines such as: Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV and other Apple accessories. In the past, Apple used to restrict technical support for vintage products to its stores in the United States, but in 2018, the company began extending support for vintage products.
Now, consumers can find technical support for an older device at Apple stores and authorized service providers anywhere in the world. This, of course, is highly dependent on the availability of component inventory for that device, something that complicates the repair of these devices.
What are vintage products?
Vintage products are those that have not been sold for more than 5 and less than 7 years. Legacy Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV products continue to be serviced hardware by Apple service providers, including Apple retail stores, subject to inventory availability or as required by law.
The iPhone 5c was introduced in September 2013 as a cheaper version of the iPhone 5. It features the A6 chip, a 4-inch LCD screen, and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The smartphone with a glossy plastic body was available in five different colors: white, blue, green, pink and yellow.
The goal of the iPhone 5s was to launch an inexpensive device that included many top-of-the-line features, and introduced the concept of launching multiple iPhones in a year, the simple iPhone 5c changed the course of Apple smartphones.
Apple will discontinue and make the vintage iPhone 5c obsolete in 2022, permanently ending technical support for this model. The iPhone 5s, which was introduced on the same day as the iPhone 5c, is not yet considered an old device, as it remained available in stores for longer.