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The iPhone 5C Joins the iPhone 5 as a 'Vintage' Product

Curtis Joe

| 2 months ago


Apple has officially marked another member of its iPhone line as a vintage product. The iPhone 5C, originally launched in 16 and 32GB variants back in September 2013, has reached the end of its support life cycle.

According to Apple’s support website:

“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.”
“Obsolete products are those whose sales were discontinued more than 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased. Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products, with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.”

All Good Things Come to an End

Predating the initial iPhone SE, the iPhone 5C was originally launched as one of the first real ‘affordable’ iPhones. Available in a white, green, blue, yellow, or pink hard polycarbonate shell rather than in an aluminum body like its fellow iPhone 5S, Apple chose to reduce costs on the material make of the device rather than the internals. Launched with a familiar 4-inch LCD screen and iOS 7, the result was a great entry-level option for many people.

Taking a look at the mobile landscape today and the technological advancements that have allowed for mid-range phones to compete with higher-end flagships, it becomes clear just how ‘vintage’ the iPhone 5C is. Production of the iPhone 5C ceased on September 9th, 2014, and from that point on it was just a matter of time until Apple stopped supporting it.

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