Apple Officially Classifies iPhone 6 Plus and iPad 4 as ‘Vintage’

Today Apple added the iPhone 6 Plus and 4th-generation iPad into its ‘vintage’ list. Being vintage by Apple means that the device did not sell for the past five years, and Apple officially drops support for the device. The availability of replacement parts for that device solely depends on the store.

iPhone 6 Plus was Apple’s first large-screen phone with a size of 5.5-inch. It was the first move by Apple to get into the large-screen market with competitors like Samsung. Before the launch iPhone 6, Apple was making 4-inch iPhones with a boxy design, as we saw in the iPhone 12 and 13 series.

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With the new design came new flaws; the build of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was not much strong. This led to the iPhones being bent very easily and termed “BendGate.” Apple solved this issue by using 7000-series Aluminium in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus the following year.

The fourth-generation iPad was the first iPad to implement a lightning connector for charging. Earlier, Apple used to have a 30-pin connector for its iPhones and iPads. The 4th-gen iPad was twice as fast and had three times better graphics than the third generation. Vintage products after a span of seven years are reclassified as ‘Obsolete’.

In December 2021, a sketchy report claimed that Apple will drop software support for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, the first generation iPhone SE, alongside iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad 5, and the 2015 iPad Pros (both the 9.7″ and 12.9″ models) in the next version of iOS.

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