According to a Japanese website, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) will add all models of its iPhone 4 and other old products to its vintage and obsolete product lists beginning October 31.
According to Apple’s support page, vintage products have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years. Obsolete products were discontinued more than 7 years. There are some exceptions that are listed on the support page. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624
MacRumors noted that the products listed at the Mac Otakara website specifically addresses Apple’s vintage and obsolete products in Japan. However these additions to the list will likely extend to the United States, Australia, Canada, and the rest of the Asia-Pacific and Europe regions.
Other products included on the Japan list are the late-2010 13-inch MacBook Air, the third-generation AirPort Extreme, and the mid-2009 Airport Time Capsule.
The CDMA versions of the iPhone 4 were declared obsolete last month and Apple has also recently made other products obsolete, including the mid-2009 iMac, the 2010 Mac mini, and the mid-2010 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro.
Here’s more on obsolete Apple products, including non-Apple versions of the Beats headphones:
Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased. Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products. All Apple Retail Stores and the Canadian, European, Latin American, and Asia-Pacific operating regions follow the U.S. product list, but make no distinction between vintage and obsolete. When applied to Apple Retail Stores and these operating regions, products on the U.S. vintage list (all models) are considered obsolete.