Apple on Tuesday updated its vintage and obsolete products list, adding the iPhone 6 Plus to the list, as it has been over five years since the device was last offered for sale to customers.
The handset was first released in September 2014, along with the iPhone 6, and was pulled from sale as of the release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September 2016. The iPhone 6 model will not be placed on the list for another two years, as was on the market for a longer period of time.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were Apple’s first handsets to offer support for Apple Pay and the first year the iPhone was offered in multiple size options. Apple has offered the iPhone in multiple sizes ever since.
Apple dropped the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from its iOS updates list following the 2019 release of iOS 13.
What’s Vintage, and What’s Obsolete?
Apple’s website explains the difference:
Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Apple has discontinued hardware service for vintage products with the following exceptions:
- Mac products purchased in the country of Turkey. Owners of vintage Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the country of Turkey.
- Products purchased in the state of California, United States, as required by statute
- Owners of vintage Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the state of California, United States.
- Owners of vintage iPod products in the state of California may obtain service from Apple Retail Stores or by contacting AppleCare at 1-800-APL-CARE.
- Owners of vintage iPhone products in the state of California may obtain service from Apple Retail Stores or by contacting AppleCare at 1-800-APL-CARE.
For products purchased in France, see Statutory Warranties of Seller and Spare Parts.
Obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased. Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products. All Apple Retail Stores and the Canadian, European, Latin American, and Asia-Pacific operating regions follow the U.S. product list, but make no distinction between vintage and obsolete. When applied to Apple Retail Stores and these operating regions, products on the U.S. vintage list (all models) are considered obsolete.