Two more Apple products, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad 4 are not eligible for repair by the company and its authorized service providers, worldwide. The company now considers iPhone 6 Plus as a vintage product and the iPad (4th generation) as an obsolete product which means they are no longer under its hardware service coverage.
- Products are considered vintage when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than 5 and less than 7 years ago.
- Products are considered obsolete when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased.
iPhone 6 series launched in September 2014 in an all-new curved edges design and introduced the “Plus” model with a larger display for the first time. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus featured the durable Gorilla glass front screen, aluminum back, aluminum frame
and came with Apple Pay support. The model received software updates from iOS 8 till iOS 12.5.5.
The 9.7-inch iPad 4 launched in November 2012 and featured an LCD display with scratch-resistant glass. The tablet was available in black and white color options and received software updates from iOS 6 till iOS 10.3.
How to get service and parts for Apple vintage and obsolete devices
Both of the aforementioned products are out of the company’s hardware repair coverage, however, the company encourages a longer use of its products for environmental reasons. Owners of vintage and obsolete devices are advised to seek repair services and parts from Apple’s certified service providers. It support page states that:
Apple discontinues hardware service for certain technologically-obsolete products. Your device is supported by ongoing OS updates and backed by a network of more than 5,000 Apple-certified repair locations that you can count on if something unexpected happens.