Planned obsolescence: Apple set to ‘kill off’ older iPhone models

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A leaked report claims that Apple is about to “discontinue” millions of older iPhone models.

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The tech titan warned that Apple is about to update its list of “outdated products” — which all iPhone owners need to know about.

Several iPhone models have already been declared “vintage” and “obsolete”.


But MacRumors claims it has seen an internal memo from Apple warning that the iPhone 6 Plus is joining the list on December 31.

Apple sold millions of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models after their launch in 2015.

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The iPhone 6 is reportedly “secure until 2023,” but the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t so lucky.

This popular iPhone model won’t stop working overnight — but it’s not a real threat.

As an owner you will face two major problems.

Once an iPhone shifts to the ‘vintage’ list, it suddenly becomes quite difficult to obtain spare parts and repairs for that model.

So if something goes wrong with the device, you are limited in terms of fixing it.

This ‘vintage’ period lasts for two years, after which Apple declares it ‘obsolete’.

iPhone 6 Plus users may soon find it difficult to repair their old device.
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And then once it turns into obsolescence, Apple actually cuts the handset.

“Apple stops all hardware service for obsolete products,” warns iPhone maker.

The iPhone 6 Plus – and iPhone 6 – are now too old to receive the latest iOS update.

Apple’s iOS 15 can only be installed on an iPhone 6S or later.

So it should come as no surprise that millions of these old models are now being phased out.

In fact, Apple cut support for the iPhone 6 with the release of iOS 13 two years ago.

This is a big problem for owners, and not just because you miss out on new features.

You will also be overlooked for major security updates, which puts you at greater risk of being hacked.

Whatever the case, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are starting to look a bit outdated.

Both the smartphones started with a meager 16GB of storage, which is pretty bad by 2021 standards.

The new iPhone 6 is demonstrated during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California.
iPhone 6 Plus may not support iOS updates in the future.
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The new iPhone 13 boasts a far more generous 128GB of storage by default.

Apple hasn’t formally confirmed that the iPhone 6 Plus will be going vintage anytime soon.

But the phone no longer receives software support, and isn’t available to buy new or refurbished from Apple, so you should probably consider upgrading if you still use one.

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