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Original iPhone receives ‘obsolete’ status from Apple, becomes hipster’s dream

The original Apple iPhone will reach ‘obsolete’ status in the UK and numerous other territories this summer.

From June 11, the original iPhone 2G model will gain ‘obsolete’ status, meaning the device will no longer be serviceable in the Apple care centres. The ‘obsolete’ status for the iPhone model applies in Canada, Asia, Europe, Japan and Latin America.

In the US however, the first-generation iPhone will be given ‘vintage’ status, sure to appeal to hipsters and retro addicts alike. The difference is that the device can be offered limited support from American Apple stores and care centres.

As well as the original iPhone, Apple is also rendering a large number of other technological gadgets ‘obsolete’. These include the 17-inch and 20-inch iMac G5, the late 2005 Mac mini, and the 15-inch and 17-inch versions of the Apple PowerBook G4.

Also retired are the mid-2007 iMac, Mac Pro, late-2007 iMac, Xserve and AirPort Express Base Station.

For UK markets the words ‘vintage’ and ‘obsolete’ have the same meaning when it comes to Apple products, which is defined as “those that were discontinued more than five and less than seven years ago.”

The original Apple iPhone had a 3.5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 480p and 165ppi image density. It had a 412MHz ARM 11 CPU with 128MB of RAM and the option of 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage along with a 2-megapixel camera in the rear.

Running iOS 1.0, the iPhone could be upgraded to iOS 3.1.3 but could not cope with anything more advanced than that.

Only compatible with EDGE or 2G connectivity, it was released in 2007 and was replaced by the Apple iPhone 3G in July 2008.

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Via: 9to5 Mac

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