iPhone 6 Plus will become a 'vintage' product later this month

iPhone 6 Plus will become a ‘vintage’ product later this month

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iPhone 6 Plus
It's not quite the end of the road just yet.
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iPhone 6 Plus will be added to Apple’s vintage products list at the end of this month, according to a leaked internal memo. The device, which made its debut in 2014, may be more difficult to repair as official parts dry up.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were the first to introduce Apple Pay and significantly larger displays to Apple’s smartphone lineup. They remain two of the company’s most successful devices to date.

iPhone 6 Plus will soon be ‘vintage’

Apple provides service and parts for iPhone, iPad, Mac and other high-end devices for at least five years from when they were last distributed for sale — at which point they are added to Apple’s vintage products list.

Apple and its repair partners will continue to offer service and parts for up to 7 years, but that’s subject to parts availability, which means it can be more difficult to get repairs — at least officially — after the five year mark.

iPhone 6 Plus will be added to the vintage products list at the end of December, according to an internal memo seen by MacRumors. Apple stopped supporting it with software updates when it rolled out iOS 13 in 2019.

If you’re still using an iPhone 6 Plus, not much is going to change. Your device will still continue to function as normal. But again, if anything goes wrong, it may be more difficult to get your device repaired through Apple.

iPhone 6 a huge success

iPhone 6 finally answered calls for larger displays when it arrived in 2014. Rival Android devices were getting bigger and bigger, but up to that point, iPhone had held firm with its compact designs and 4-inch screens.

The upgrade to 4.7- and 5.5-inch panels — combined with a faster Apple A8 processor and other improvements — proved hugely successful, and the iPhone 6 lineup remains one of Apple’s biggest-ever sellers so far.