What happened here, I'm confused

rockitdog

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Purchased a new sealed iPhone 6 from a guy at a good price. Ran Apple's IMEI self-check when I purchased it and it had not been activated so there was no warranty info yet. I activated the device and I see now that the warranty date on it is 2/4/16. I'm confused on how that changed when it had never been activated. I thought the warranty was tied to the activation date, not the sales date.
 

eyoungren

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I thought the warranty was tied to the activation date, not the sales date.
Think about that.

If someone buys a bunch of new phones and never activates them, then a few years down the line does activate them does the warranty start then?

Is Apple then on the hook for phones that are well over a year old?

You know someone would take advantage of that. So, no. Warranty is tied to date of purchase.
 

placidity44

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Warranty is tied to date of purchase. What would happen if you have a sealed iPhone 3GS for example is apple expected to provide Apple support for that device when they don't have any of the components or anything of that such. Doesn't make any sense. But yes it's tied to date of purchase.
 

eyoungren

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What would happen if you have a sealed iPhone 3GS for example is apple expected to provide Apple support for that device when they don't have any of the components or anything of that such.
I'm going to be technical here for a moment…actually Apple does have the components and the phones.

It was only two years ago or so that Apple finally ran out of replacements for the original iPhone. They still have plenty of stock on hand for everything else.

That said, the main gist of your post is entirely correct.
 

Gav2k

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I'm going to be technical here for a moment…actually Apple does have the components and the phones.

It was only two years ago or so that Apple finally ran out of replacements for the original iPhone. They still have plenty of stock on hand for everything else.

That said, the main gist of your post is entirely correct.
Not technically true as 3GS owners have been upgraded to 4's in the past. It's depends on stores stock and manager/genius approval.
 

Jimmy James

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Think about that.

If someone buys a bunch of new phones and never activates them, then a few years down the line does activate them does the warranty start then?

Is Apple then on the hook for phones that are well over a year old?

You know someone would take advantage of that. So, no. Warranty is tied to date of purchase.
You could even exaggerate that point to decades. Seems self evident that warranty should be tied to purchase.
 

noobinator

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Hey man I bought this Lisa 1 unopened on eBay. I fired it up the other day and it wouldn't boot! Luckily I still have Apple Care one year from the date I opened it!
 
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