Pretty much everyone has an iPhone after Apple changed the mobile phone game in 2007. In that year it introduced its first ever handset and it quickly became a revolutionary device.
Several incarnations have followed since – with the iPhone 13 the current latest model. But if you are an iPhone user and you’ve had yours a long time, Apple has warned it could soon become obsolete.
Apple typically unveils new iPhones at the same time each year, and we’re expecting to see the iPhone 14 arrive in September, 2022, but as the new devices arrive, some much older devices will likely start to get very slow. An iPhone is considered obsolete when Apple stops selling it and no longer provides any hardware service repairs. To get the latest WalesOnline newsletters emailed to you directly for free click here.
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If you are clinging onto your old iPhone, we have created a list of all the iPhones which are obsolete to give you a heads up before you’re forced to give it up.
Which iPhones are obsolete?
If you own or still use one of these models of the iPhone, it is officially obsolete.
- iPhone 3G (China mainland) 8GB
- iPhone 3G 8GB, 16GB
- iPhone 3GS (China mainland) 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 3GS (8GB)
- iPhone 3GS 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 4 CDMA
- iPhone 4 CDMA (8GB)
- iPhone 4 16GB, 32GB
- iPhone 4 GSM (8GB), Black
- iPhone 4S (8GB)
Which iPhones will be obsolete next?
Apple defines iPhones that it stopped distributing for sale more than five and less than seven years ago as “vintage”.
Those on the “vintage” list include:
- iPhone 4 (8GB)
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5C
- iPhone 6 Plus
If you’ve found your current iPhone on the list and managed to continue it this long, it might be worth getting a new one, but those on the vintage list may still want a bit more time with theirs. However, they need to be aware that some “vintage” iPhones on the list could be at risk from hackers as they no longer receive security updates from Apple.