End of an Era: iPhone 6 Plus Enters Apple’s Obsolete Products List

On April 1st, Apple added the iPhone 6 Plus to its obsolete product list and the iPad mini 4 to its vintage product list.

Launched alongside its smaller counterpart, the iPhone 6, in September 2014, the iPhone 6 Plus was a game-changer in the smartphone industry. Boasting a larger screen size and introducing features like Apple Pay support, it quickly became a favorite among consumers. The device was powered by the A8 chip, delivering smooth performance and seamless user experience.

However, as technology advances at breakneck speed, the iPhone 6 Plus has become a relic of the past, joining the ranks of other obsolete devices. The iPhone 6 Plus was once a sought-after device, but with the release of new iPhone models each year, it has gradually faded into the background. Its once cutting-edge features, such as the larger display and improved camera, have been surpassed by newer models. The device may still function, but without the latest software updates, it becomes vulnerable to security breaches and lacks compatibility with the latest apps and features.

According to Apple’s regulations, this classification means that all hardware service for the device is discontinued. The emotional attachment of users to old products can stem from the wonderful times they spent with them. Even if the device performance is outdated, there are still some users willing to continue using it. While users can still continue to use their iPhone 6 Plus, they may face challenges if the device experiences hardware issues. But if there are still parts available, Apple will still provide repair services.

Apple also added the iPad Mini 4, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to its “vintage” products list. Apple’s strategy for product obsolescence is not unique in the tech industry. Most manufacturers follow a similar pattern, releasing new devices each year and gradually phasing out support for older models. This strategy encourages users to upgrade to the latest models, driving sales and revenue for the company. While this may be frustrating for users who are attached to their older devices, it is a necessary step for companies to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving market.

Apple does offer a trade-in program, allowing users to exchange their old devices for credit towards a new purchase. This program not only benefits users by reducing the financial burden of upgrading but also helps Apple recycle and reuse components from older devices, contributing to a more sustainable approach to technology.

The iPhone 6 Plus’s entry into Apple’s obsolete products list marks the end of an era. It’s a reminder of the rapid pace of technological advancement and the constant need to adapt to change. As we say goodbye to this iconic device, we look forward to the exciting innovations that lie ahead in Apple’s future.