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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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Original iPhone Will Soon Be 'Obsolete' In Apple Retail Stores




The original iPhone will soon be considered obsolete in Apple Retail Stores according to an internal Apple document shared by 9to5Mac. Products considered 'obsolete' are ineligible for service parts and documentation at retail stores and cannot be repaired at mail-in AppleCare Repair Centers.

Apple typically makes products 'obsolete' or 'vintage' five years after they are discontinued, though there are some exceptions where required by law. The original iPhone went on sale in June 2007 and was discontinued in July 2008 when the iPhone 3G was released.

Other Apple products that will be considered 'vintage' as of June 11, 2013 include the mid-2007 models of the iMac, the late 2006 model Xserve, and the original Mac Pro. 9to5Mac has the list of newly minted vintage and obsolete products, while Apple maintains a list of all products named vintage or obsolete going back to the Apple II.

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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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"But I'm still using an original iPhone..." - no one sane in 2012-2013.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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And so it moves into "collector's item" status.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:28 PM   #4
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I guess my sealed iPhone 1 is going to go up in value. Also have everyone sealed since?
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:28 PM   #5
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A handheld device that's over 6 years old is considered obsolete by the manufacturer. Exactly 0 people in the entire world are surprised by this "news".
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:28 PM   #6
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I want one. It looks and feels so nice.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:28 PM   #7
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"But I'm still using an original iPhone..." - no one sane in 2012-2013.
Well, my uncle still uses one, as a second phone for his young child :P
He has a iPhone 4 fortunately.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:29 PM   #8
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I guess my sealed iPhone 1 is going to go up in value. Also have everyone sealed since?
Not yet, keep it some more years.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:31 PM   #9
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Woah.

I still remember that warm June day. It was truly magical. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE wanted one of those phones. Something like 75% of all Americans new the iPhones release date - andApple had a $0 marketing budget for it.

RIP little guy.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:31 PM   #10
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I have one, I wonder if still turns on...
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:33 PM   #11
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And it still looks almost the same to this day....

Good or bad?
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:33 PM   #12
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This phone was revolutionary. There were none like it ever before.

Now we got Tim Cook.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:34 PM   #13
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I still want one.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:34 PM   #14
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I have one in mint condition running 3.1.3 Sometimes I'll use a SIM adaptor and pop in my iPhone5 sim and use it for a day or so.

I do have another running on 1.4
Anyone know how to activate this one? Simply installing my activated SIM (as above) doesn't work.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:35 PM   #15
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1st Gen iPod Touch will make the list in September. I really wish iHome would allow me to use their app still. it would be a nice dedicated alarm clock.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:36 PM   #16
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What's the AppleCare out-of-warranty replacement fee for an iPhone 1?
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:39 PM   #17
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It was such an awesome phone for its time. Truly a revolutionary product. I miss Steve Jobs.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:40 PM   #18
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I have one in mint condition running 3.1.3 Sometimes I'll use a SIM adaptor and pop in my iPhone5 sim and use it for a day or so.

I do have another running on 1.4
Anyone know how to activate this one? Simply installing my activated SIM (as above) doesn't work.
I do too. Obviously very out of date now, but I still consider it the best tech purchase I ever made for the time I bought it.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:40 PM   #19
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They still have them in stores? LOL
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:41 PM   #20
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This phone was revolutionary. There were none like it ever before.

Now we got Tim Cook.
The problem with the Tim Cook bashing is that you don't seem to understand how CEOs really work. Steve Jobs was an exception. The CEO isn't supposed to innovate. They're supposed to run the day-to-day business end of things. Cook is perfect for what he's supposed to be doing. It's Jonny Ive's job to innovate.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:44 PM   #21
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The problem with the Tim Cook bashing is that you don't seem to understand how CEOs really work. Steve Jobs was an exception. The CEO isn't supposed to innovate. They're supposed to run the day-to-day business end of things. Cook is perfect for what he's supposed to be doing. It's Jonny Ive's job to innovate.
Great point. Well stated.

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then why was my old 2007 iMac considered "vintage" last year when my parents took it in for repair cus the graphics card was blown
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:51 PM   #23
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The only numbers that are important is the number of years when it was discontinued. It's 2013 - long after the five year limit 2007 product.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:53 PM   #24
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Toss some speakers on and you have a great stereo for an extra room! iTunes, Pandora, podcasts, whatever. That's where my old iPhone will go to die. (iPhone "2" a.k.a. 3G, still going strong today--my family uses it.)

I neverliked the 2-tone back of the orignal. But what's the usable life on the other modern smartphones that aped it, I wonder?
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 08:55 PM   #25
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We still have ours...in great condition although it only holds a charge for a few hours. I found it a few days ago in my 9 year son's desk drawer. Evidently he had found it in our office drawer...pulled it out and charged it up so he could play secretly at night. Confiscated it...and enabled the password. Sneaky boy.
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