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The iPhone 5c is now officially a vintage Apple product

iPhone 5c lineup
iPhone 5c lineup (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • The iPhone 5c has been added to the vintage list.
  • The phone will still be eligible for technical support at Apple Stores and authorized service providers.
  • The Mid 2014 model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro has also been added to the list.

Reported by 9to5Mac, the iPhone 5C has officially become a vintage Apple product. Apple updated its vintage and obsolete product list (opens in new tab) to add the device, which means that technical support for the iPhone 5c is now limited.

As noted in the report, Apple products are considered vintage if they have not been sold for more than five years. While Apple used to only offer support for these devices in its retail locations, customers can also receive support at authorized service providers as long as components remain available.

The iPhone 5c will become completely obsolete in 2022 when it will no longer receive any kind of technical support. Apple supports its iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and Apple TV for seven years after it stops selling the device.

Apple will discontinue and make iPhone 5c obsolete in 2022, which will permanently end technical support for it. iPhone 5s, which was introduced on the same day as the iPhone 5c, is not yet considered a vintage device as it remained available in stores for a longer time.

The iPhone 5c was originally suspected of being added to the vintage and obsolete list back at the beginning of October. A leaked internal memo said that both the iPhone 5c and Mid 2014 model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro would be added to the vintage and obsolete list (opens in new tab), which appears to be spot on.

The Mid 2014 model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro will also still be eligible for technical support at Apple Stores and authorized service providers.

Joe Wituschek
Contributor

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.