The aging iPhone 6 Plus is finally a 'Vintage Product' according to Apple

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What you need to know

  • Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is now on the company's vintage list.
  • Devices are classed as vintage if they were last sold more than five years ago but less than seven.
  • Products move onto the obsolete list once they're old enough.

Apple has finally added the aging iPhone 6 Plus to its list of vintage products more than seven years after it was released.

Apple made iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus available in September of 2014 and it was around for two years before being killed off. However, its smaller sibling lasted longer — iPhone 6 was on sale as a mid-range device as recently as 2018 which means it won't be making its own appearance on Apple's vintage list for another few years yet. That might seem pretty amazing to some of us who had those devices at launch — a period that feels like a long time ago.

Apple puts products onto its vintage list after the company stopped selling them more than five years ago, but less than seven. Things are a little more complicated in France, however.

For products purchased in France, see Statutory Warranties of Seller and Spare Parts. Owners of new iPhone or Mac notebook products purchased after December 31, 2020 in France, may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers for 7 years from the date the product model was last supplied by Apple for distribution into France.

The arrival of the iPhone 6 lineup brought with it Apple Pay as well as the first big iPhone, although sluggish performance caused by that huge display was an issue throughout its life.

MacRumors was the first to note the change in status for iPhone 6 Plus, a device that hasn't received an iOS feature update since the days of iOS 13 and will never see iOS 15.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.