Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus Reportedly Going Vintage This Month
Apple will reportedly add the iPhone 6 Plus to its vintage product list on December 31 — devices are added to that list after a period of more than five years since Apple stopped selling them.
As a result of the move, Apple’s stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers will still offer repairs, subject to the availability of parts.
However, that will likely only be the case for another couple of years.
As MacRumors points out, the iPhone 6 Plus was first released in 2014 and was killed off in 2016.
Introduced in September 2014, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were two of the most popular smartphones that Apple has ever sold, with the devices featuring larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays that customers had long desired. While the iPhone 6 Plus was discontinued in 2016, the smaller iPhone 6 remained available through select retailers in select regions until at least 2018 and will not become a vintage product until later.
Anyone still carrying an iPhone 6 Plus lost software updates a couple of years ago, with iOS 13 ditching the devices entirely. The iPhone 6 Plus was also a device that struggled with its larger display and the additional pixels it had to move around, with the A8 chip sometimes struggling.
It did open the door to Apple’s big phone, little phone strategy however — something that has been expanded to include a mini device in the last couple of years, too.