Apple iPhone 5s Is Now Obsolete, and iPod Touch 6 Is “Vintage”

Apple iPhone 5s

In case you don’t know, Apple has lists of products that it labels as “vintage” and obsolete. According to the Cupertino giant, the products that are labeled as “vintage” are the ones that it has stopped distributing for more than five years. As for the obsolete tag, it’s the products that Apple has stopped selling for more than seven years. Two of the latest entries in these lists are the iPhone 5s and the iPod 6 Touch.

More specifically, Apple now considers the iPhone 5s, launched in September 2013, to be an obsolete product. As for the iPod Touch 6, the company has moved it to the “vintage” list. That launched in July of 2015.

iPhone 5s and iPod Touch 6 Have Come a Long Way

Looking back, Apple introduced a good number of new features with the iPhone 5s. Among them was the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It was the first Apple phone to come with a biometric authentication feature. Of course, Apple didn’t make it stick for too long, as with the iPhone X, we saw it being replaced with Face ID.

iPhone 5s

But that’s not the only big highlight. The iPhone 5s was also the first phone to come with a 64-bit Apple SoC. It’s the Apple A7 chip, which also powered the iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 1, and iPad Mini Retina. Now, Apple has made many advancements in its SoC game, with the latest release being the Apple M4.

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As for the iPod Touch 6, it was the second-last of its kind from Apple. It launched with an iPhone 6-like design and offered pretty a lot of phone-like functionalities. The upgraded Apple A8 processor also made the iPod Touch 6 more capable than the iPhone 5s.

iPod Touch

However, none of Apple’s products are sold now. Of course, you can definitely get them from collectors. But now that Apple has labeled them as “vintage” and obsolete, the prices could be a little steeper than normal.

More About Apple Vintage and Obsolete Products

Apple classifies products as “vintage” when they have not been distributed for sale for more than five but less than seven years. These products can still receive service and parts support. However, availability may vary based on location and part restrictions. In France, for example, products like iPhones and Mac laptops purchased after December 31, 2020, are eligible for service and parts for seven years due to local regulations.

On the other hand, products are deemed “obsolete” when they have not been sold for more than seven years. Apple ceases all hardware service and part orders for these products. However, Mac laptops may still be eligible for battery-only repairs for up to ten years, depending on part availability. Notably, Monster-branded Beats products are classified as obsolete regardless of their purchase date. You can learn more by vesting

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