According to a leaked memo, Apple will be adding the iPhone 6 Plus to its list of vintage products by the end of this month which means that technical support for the iPhone will soon be limited.
Apple products are considered vintage if they have not been sold for more than five years. While the tech giant used to only offer support for these devices in its retail locations, customers can also receive support at authorized service providers as long as components remain available.
iPhone 6 Plus will become a ‘vintage’ product later this month
In an internal memo via MacRumors, the Cupertino tech giant said it will add the iPhone 6 Plus to its vintage products list on December 31. Apple and its repair partners will continue to offer service and parts for up to 7 years but it depends on the availability of parts. As stated by Apple:
Vintage products are those that have not been sold for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV vintage products continue to receive hardware service from Apple service providers, including Apple Retail Stores, subject to availability of inventory, or as required by law.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were two of the most popular smartphones that Apple has ever sold. Introduced in September 2014, the devices feature 4.7- and 5.5-inch display panels, something consumers had been urging Apple to offer for years. The smartphone was discontinued two years after its release in 2016 while its smaller counterpart remained available through select retailers in select regions until at least 2018. In terms of software, Apple stopped supporting both devices when it rolled out iOS 13 in 2019.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were the first devices to introduce support for Apple Pay combined with upgraded cameras and the A8 chip. Pricing for iPhone 6 started at $649 for 16GB of storage at the time of launch.