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iPhone 8(+) How many years does Apple support their discontinued phones?

tonybarnaby

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I'm curious how long Apple produces batteries and other parts for their discontinued phones. If I need a new battery in 2021 will Apple still be producing new ones?
 

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Doesn't matter, by then the phone will be mostly unusable anyway or broken. They'll support it longer than it will last or you'll want to use it. Then there's always third party repair shops for batteries etc. Don't worry about it (my iPhone is 5 years old)
 
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C DM

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I'm curious how long Apple produces batteries and other parts for their discontinued phones. If I need a new battery in 2021 will Apple still be producing new ones?
They'll more than likely have batteries. They still do battery replacements on iPhone 6 and even 5 (as well as SE) phones, for example.
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Doesn't matter, by then the phone will be mostly unusable anyway or broken.
iPhone 8 will be unusable or broken by 2021?
 
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Maybe not an iPhone, but my old 2010 MacBook Pro is still getting Safari updates.
 
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Seems that this is more about hardware than software.

If that’s the case, I would hazard a guess around three to four years. I often jump ship when I’m out of software support (including iOS)
 
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If that’s the case, I would hazard a guess around three to four years. I often jump ship when I’m out of software support (including iOS)
Seems like it's more given that phone models from more than 3-4 years ago can still have parts fixed or replaced.
 
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Seems like it's more given that phone models from more than 3-4 years ago can still have parts fixed or replaced.


Going how far back you think? For Apple parts and or refurbished iPhones? A friend wants a new battery in her 6 Plus, it’s obviously long out of warranty. Might be wiser to replace it with a factory refurb 7 Plus.
 
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paranoia

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Going how far back you think? For Apple parts and or refurbished iPhones? A friend wants a new battery in her 6 Plus, it’s obviously long out of warranty. Might be wiser to replace it with a factory refurb 7 Plus.
apple store or best buy will do it, costs 49.00 for the battery replacement. for a 6 plus.
 
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I'm curious how long Apple produces batteries and other parts for their discontinued phones. If I need a new battery in 2021 will Apple still be producing new ones?

The oldest phones Apple services at the Genius Bar are the 5c/5s, both are 6 years old. So yes, the 8 Plus will be good for a long time, it will also recieve many more iOS versions i am convinced. By the time the phone will become obsolete, you will already have a newer model. Obsolete means that Apple doesn't service them anymore.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624
 
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steelhauler34

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Going how far back you think? For Apple parts and or refurbished iPhones? A friend wants a new battery in her 6 Plus, it’s obviously long out of warranty. Might be wiser to replace it with a factory refurb 7 Plus.

I think it’s like 50 bucks to replace the battery. You can get the kits for like 20 bucks on amazon and do it yourself as well. Much cheaper than a new phone. If you have a 6s already I would personally go up a little higher than a 7 if getting a new phone anyway.
 
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