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iPhone 5C officially becomes “vintage” and goes into limited support


Apple recently updated its list of obsolete products. This time it’s the turn of the iPhone 5C to enter the “vintage” era.

Released in September 2013 alongside the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 5C was Apple’s first smartphone to be available in a variety of colors. It is also the first model targeting the mid-range.

Seven years later, Apple updated its support site identifying this model as ”  old  “. More precisely, the Cupertino company has updated its American site; the French version does not (yet?) mention the terminal in question.

What is an “old” product according to Apple?

Apple qualifies as old – or ”  vintage  “, to use the qualifier chosen by the brand in English – any device that has not been marketed in the past five years. This applies to iPhones but also to iPads, iPods, Macs, and even Apple TVs.

Concretely, owners of an iPhone 5C can still benefit from extensive support within Apple Stores and official distributors. However, since the device is no longer in production, it is possible that some parts are no longer available.

On the software side, the iPhone 5C initially shipped with iOS 7. The latest officially supported version is iOS 10.3.3 released in July 2017.

From old to obsolete

The iPhone 5C will officially become obsolete in 2022. Apple will no longer provide technical support for this device. Note that the iPhone 5 is also part of the list of “old” smartphones. However, it is not indicated as being obsolete.

The iPhone 5S released at the same time as the iPhone 5C is not on any of the lists since this model has continued to sell for longer than the others on the Apple site. Moreover, the iPhone 4S remains displayed as being vintage but is not yet obsolete.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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