Apple will no longer repair this popular iPhone

Apple will no longer repair this popular iPhone

In a recent move, Apple has announced that it will no longer offer repairs for certain older iPhone models, marking them as obsolete in their product lineup.

As part of its regular classification process, Apple designates devices as vintage after they have been out of distribution for more than five years. Two years later, they are classified as obsolete, meaning that repairs and spare parts are no longer provided by the tech giant.

The latest update to the list of vintage and obsolete products includes two notable names: the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad Mini 4. The iPhone 6 Plus, discontinued in September 2016, is now obsolete, leaving owners without repair options or access to spare parts. Additionally, iOS 13 no longer supports iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models since 2019. Similarly, the iPad Mini 4 joins the vintage category, along with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in the red (PRODUCT) RED color variant, making repairs more challenging for users of these devices.

This decision follows Apple's previous classification of the 13-inch MacBook Pro released in mid-2012 as obsolete. The MacBook Pro was the last Apple computer equipped with a CD drive, and its transition to the vintage category highlights Apple's ongoing efforts to streamline its product lineup and focus on newer technologies. While laptops may be eligible for extended battery repair periods of up to 10 years from the last product distribution for sale, subject to parts availability, the lack of repair options for other devices may frustrate customers seeking to prolong the lifespan of their gadgets.

Despite this, it is still possible to repair one of these older iPhone, iPad or Mac models with a third-party repair shop. Doing so will most likely void any remaining Apple warranty that you have, however if your device is already considered obsolete by Apple, then it isn't an issue. To repair your device with a third party, establish what the issue with your device is, and then search for a reputable third-party repair shop or technician in your area. Before handing over your device, ensure you back up all your data to prevent loss. Once you've chosen a repair shop, bring your iPhone or other device for assessment and repair, discussing the issue with the technician. After the repair is complete, review the work to ensure satisfaction and pay for the service as agreed upon. 

Apple's strategy raises questions about the balance between product innovation and customer support. As technology evolves, older devices inevitably become obsolete, but the discontinuation of repairs for popular devices may inconvenience loyal Apple users who rely on these products.