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Apple today updated its list of vintage and obsolete products to add the iPhone 6 because it has now been more than five years since the device was last offered for sale. The iPhone 6 has something of a unique launch situation, so the timing of its addition to the list is a little bit off.

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The iPhone 6 was released in September 2014 alongside the iPhone 6 Plus. It was sold in 2015 as a lower-cost option following the launch of the iPhone 6s, and then discontinued in 2016 alongside the launch of the iPhone 7. It was reintroduced as a low-cost iPhone in select countries in 2017, and it continued to be sold until September 2018.

The iPhone 6 Plus, the sister phone to the iPhone 6, was added to the vintage list earlier this year.

The ‌iPhone‌ 6 and 6 Plus were notable for being the first devices to offer support for Apple Pay and for marking the first year that Apple offered the ‌iPhone‌ in multiple size options. Apple has continued on with the multi-size release strategy since the ‌iPhone‌ 6 and 6 Plus launch.

The vintage products list features devices that Apple stopped distributing for sale more than five years ago and less than seven years ago. Apple provides service and parts for vintage devices for up to 7 years, or as required by law, but repairs are subject to parts availability.

Obsolete products are products that Apple stopped distributing for sale more than seven years ago. All hardware service is discontinued for obsolete products, with the exception of Mac notebooks eligible for battery-only repair.

In addition to adding the iPhone 6 to the vintage list, Apple has moved the 2012 iPod nano 7 and the fifth-generation iPod touch from the vintage list to the obsolete list, while the 2015 iPod nano models are now listed as vintage. The fourth-generation iPod shuffle from 2012 was moved to the obsolete list, and the 2015 version is now listed as vintage.

Article Link: Apple Adds iPhone 6 to 'Vintage Product' List
 
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Justin Cymbal

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I gave my iPhone 6 to my mom a while ago and then replaced it with the 2nd generation iPhone SE for a Christmas present in 2020

I filled out the form to get the class action settlement and supposedly they’re going to send me like a check for $10 or something

Here is the link to the class action settlement for the iPhone 6 in case anyone had an iPhone 6 series phone:

 

zorinlynx

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I like to call the iPhone 6 a bit of a "road apple", to borrow a term from the LowEndMac website that catalogs vintage Apple hardware.

It was supported for a lot less time than the 6S that came a year later, and suffered from performance issues that the 5 before it and the 6S after did not have. There was also the whole bendgate thing. It was a bit of a cursed release.

I had one, and was so desperate to get rid of it when the iPhone 7 series came out. (two year contract, sigh)
 

roxics

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I like to call the iPhone 6 a bit of a "road apple", to borrow a term from the LowEndMac website that catalogs vintage Apple hardware.

It was supported for a lot less time than the 6S that came a year later, and suffered from performance issues that the 5 before it and the 6S after did not have. There was also the whole bendgate thing. It was a bit of a cursed release.

I had one, and was so desperate to get rid of it when the iPhone 7 series came out. (two year contract, sigh)
Well, hearing this makes me not regret getting rid of mine years ago. I didn't realize they were so problematic. I sold mine just before my two year contract was over. I had been kicking myself for not keeping it, as I still have my 5C and plan to keep my 8+ after it has lived out life as my daily phone.
 
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JPack

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iPhone 6 was likely the last device Steve Jobs had influence over. According to Jony Ive, discussions around the phablet began in late 2011.

 

gk_brown

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It was supported for a lot less time than the 6S that came a year later, and suffered from performance issues that the 5 before it and the 6S after did not have.
I had mine for 5 years and never had a problem. Only upgraded to an 11 because Apple stopped releasing iOS updates for the 6.
 

Mr. Dee

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I remember visiting the US at the time when it first launched; the display size of the 5.5 6 Plus was just astounding. But, it wasn't until I back home inside a fast food restaurant and saw a customer put one on the counter to take out his wallet. The thing looked like a tablet! Its so miniscule now compared to the 6.7 behemoth iPhone 14 Pro Max. The 5.5 was really a huge step up, but even my 5.8 iPhone X is bigger than it. The 6 really changed the game and I don't believe Apple will ever see anything like it again in terms of sales numbers. When I attended a conference the following year, I purchased a iPhone 6s 4.7. I wanted the 5.5 so badly, but it just wasn't in the budget.
 
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Menel

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I like to call the iPhone 6 a bit of a "road apple", to borrow a term from the LowEndMac website that catalogs vintage Apple hardware.

It was supported for a lot less time than the 6S that came a year later, and suffered from performance issues that the 5 before it and the 6S after did not have. There was also the whole bendgate thing. It was a bit of a cursed release.

I had one, and was so desperate to get rid of it when the iPhone 7 series came out. (two year contract, sigh)
Huh, mine was great. First iphone that went more than 2 years, kept it all the way to the X.
 
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brunerd

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Some folks lauded the headphone DAC in the iPhone 6 and it still makes a great "camera phone" for kids to shoot videos (think Thomas the Tank Engine melodramas and lego sagas), but yeah it's past it's prime for sure.
 

JosephAW

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Mine still works good and most apps are still working.
It's just limited by the number of bands available so sometimes the signal strength this weak.
I put a fresh battery in it last year. :rolleyes:
 

JosephAW

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It was the first iPhone to support voice over LTE, that's why the 5S stopped working with LTE networks.
 
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jezbd1997

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I like to call the iPhone 6 a bit of a "road apple", to borrow a term from the LowEndMac website that catalogs vintage Apple hardware.

It was supported for a lot less time than the 6S that came a year later, and suffered from performance issues that the 5 before it and the 6S after did not have. There was also the whole bendgate thing. It was a bit of a cursed release.

I had one, and was so desperate to get rid of it when the iPhone 7 series came out. (two year contract, sigh)
it was a horrible phone. i got the 6 on launch day. most problematic iphone ever. upgraded from a 5 and regret selling it straight away. i used the 6 for a few months, sold it and bought a used 5S. the 6S solved some of the problems but that design was gross and battery life was miserable. i returned that to apple then within the 2 week period lol
 

azentropy

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I gave my iPhone 6 to my mom a while ago and then replaced it with the 2nd generation iPhone SE for a Christmas present in 2020

I filled out the form to get the class action settlement and supposedly they’re going to send me like a check for $10 or something

Here is the link to the class action settlement for the iPhone 6 in case anyone had an iPhone 6 series phone:

Similar, except it was my Dad who had my old iPhone 6 until earlier this year. My mom has been using my friend's old iPhone 6 Plus but I recently just got a great deal on a refurbished 12 that I'll be migrating her to shortly. Pretty amazing how long both these devices lasted. They both still work however there are certain things that just aren't compatible with them anymore since they are stuck at iOS 12.
 
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