Apple's original iPhone to be given 'obsolete' status in June

An internal Apple document appears to confirm that Apple's first iPhone will officially be named "vintage" in the US and "obsolete" elsewhere as of 11 June

Apple's original iPhone looks set to become 'obsolete' in June, meaning that Apple will no longer offer hardware service or spare parts for the device.

9To5Mac published alleged internal Apple documentation in a report on Tuesday, revealing that the first-generation iPhone, which was launched at Macworld in 2007, will enter "vintage" status in the US, and "obsolete" status in the rest of the world as of 11 June this year.

The original iPhone will be joined by several members of Apple's Mac line-up, which will also be officially classified as "vintage" or "obsolete" by the company as of 11 June 2013.

On its support website, Apple notes that, in the US, vintage products are those that have been discontinued for more than five years and less than seven years, and will therefore no longer be eligible for hardware service unless they were purchased in the state of California. Additionally, Apple highlights that owners of 'vintage' Macintosh products can obtain service or parts from Apple service providers in California, and owners of vintage iPod products, including the iPhone, can obtain service from Apple Retail Stores by contacting AppleCare.

Obsolete products are those that have been discontinued by Apple for more than seven years, and will not be supported by Apple at all.

Outside of the US, there is no distinction between vintage and obsolete products.

The full list of products, as show in the document obtained by 9To5Mac, set to become obsolete after 11 June is as follows:

Airport Express Base Station

iMac (20in, mid 2007)

iMac (24in, mid 2007)

Mac Pro

MacBook (13in, late 2007)

MacBook Pro (15in 2.4/2.2GHz)

MacBook Pro (17in, 2.4GHz)

Xserve (late 2006)

Xserve RAID (SFP late 2004)

iMac G5 (17in, iSight)

iMac G5 (20in, iSight)

Mac mini (late 2005)

PowerBook G4 (15in, Double-Layer SD)

PowerBook G4 (19in, Double Layer SD)

iPhone

We have reached out to Apple for comment, and will update this story accordingly when we recieve a response.

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