Apple’s iPhone XS and XR Phones are getting rich reviews, Apple has quietly declared its six-year iPhone 5 – once again regarded as the world’s most advanced smartphone – outdated.
iPhone 5 was added to Apple’s “vintage and outdated” product list on Tuesday. Note that the hardware is now considered vintage in the United States and outdated in the rest of the world. Devices falling within the category “vintage”, defined as products in production for more than five years but less than seven, are exempted from ongoing repair aid except in areas where local laws exclude such prohibitions.
Mac Otakara noted the addition to Apple’s product support document on Wednesday.
Apple debuted iPhone 5 at a special media event in 2012. The 4-inch handset was the first of Apple’s smart phones to move away from the 3.5-inch screen size that dictated the iPhone’s form factor for five device generations. Apple has since embraced a looser approach to larger screen designs, a trend towards “phablets” culminating in this year’s 6.5 inch iPhone XS Max.
Together with a larger retina display, iPhone 5 was introduced by a number of technologies, some of which, like the proprietary Lightning port, are still being used today. The handset was Apple’s first to support 4G LTE connectivity and the latest one to sport a 32-bit A Series chip. Apple interrupted iOS support for iPhone 5 and other older devices with 32-bit processors when released iOS 11 last year.
Apple routinely dies older devices as new hardware versions take place.