Apple’s original iPhone – the device that reshaped the smartphone market forever – is about to officially be declared obsolete at Apple Retail Stores, 6 years after it burst onto the scene at Macworld in 2007. Starting June 11, 2013, Apple will officially drop support for the device at Apple Stores, meaning that Apple Stores will no longer repair or replace devices, even at customer cost, when that day finally arrives.
9to5Mac first reported the news, which was revealed through a leaked memo, and it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Apple products typically have a support life span of between 5 and 7 years before Apple officially stops offering support for them – and the original iPhone certainly isn’t the fresh new mobile sensation that it once was.
The memo also notes that the iPhone isn’t alone in being discontinued on June 11 – the original Mac Pro, mid-2007 iMacs, and the late 2006 Xserve will also be declared obsolete on the same date. If you still have an original iPhone, you’d better hope it doesn’t break after June 11 – or you may have a challenge finding anyone willing (or able) to repair it!