Apple has just updated its list of so-called “vintage” devices. This includes devices that were last marketed more than 5 years ago and less than 7 years ago. In 2018, the iPhone 5 joined the vintage devices. This year, the iPhone 6 Plus joined the list. This was launched in September 2014 and was released until September 2016.
The iPhone 6 Plus is now considered obsolete by Apple
The classic iPhone 6, which was released during the same period, did not join the list. Indeed, although the smartphone was also launched for the first time in 2014, Apple decided in 2017 to market it as a mid-range model, like today’s iPhone SE. It will therefore be necessary to wait a few more years before seeing it join his big brother.
The iPhone 6 Plus will no longer receive any updates from Apple. The US manufacturer stopped offering feature updates to the device in 2019 with the release of iOS 13, which excluded iPhone 6s and iPhone 5S. From now on, the smartphone will no longer even be entitled to security patches.
Gradually, Apple will also stop offering a repair service for its iPhone 6 Plus. You should be able to fix it until September 2023, but by then some parts might go missing. On that date, Apple will permanently stop offering repairs on the device, and third-party resellers will no longer be able to order replacement parts from Apple.
If you don’t want to have your device repaired by Apple, know that you will soon be able to do it yourself thanks to Self Service Repair, the self-service repair program launched by Apple. All you have to do is order official spare parts for your smartphone and follow the explanatory documents that will be available online to guide you through the process.
The best-selling iPhone becomes part of history
A previous Apple internal memo, leaked to the media, says the company will add the iPhone 6 Plus to its list of obsolete products as early as December 31st. This means that more than five years have passed since Apple stopped distributing and selling the device. However, the Apple Store and Apple Authorized Service Providers will continue to provide repair services for such items. Of course, everything will depend on the availability of spare parts.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, released in September 2014, are Apple’s best-selling smartphones in history. They received 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens and became the first devices to support Apple Pay. Other key features included the Apple A8 platform and a much improved camera.
The iPhone 6 Plus was discontinued in 2016; and the smaller iPhone 6 was available through select retailers in some regions until at least 2018. Despite this, many still use these phones.
In terms of software, with the release of iOS 13, Apple has dropped support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.