The iPhone 4 and late 2010 MacBook Air will be ‘obsolete’ come October 31
If there’s anyone actually still using an iPhone 4, we’ve got bad news for you – Apple is adding the phone to its obsolete products list at the end of the month.
According to Japanese site Mac Otakara, the firm will add all iPhone 4 models, along with the late 2010 13-inch MacBook Air, third-generation AirPort Extreme, and mid-2009 AirPort Time Capsule to the vintage and obsolete products list on October 31.
And for those of you wondering why those devices haven’t yet been consigned to the obsolete list already, Apple has a system for this kind of stuff.
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The company defines products manufactured for more than five years but less than seven years as ‘vintage’, and those that were discontinued more than seven years ago as ‘obsolete’.
In this case, all the products heading for the obsolete and vintage list were released between 2009 and 2010, and will no longer be eligible for hardware service, with some exceptions.
And while the report (via MacRumours) refers to Apple’s Japanese vintage and obsolete products list, it’s likely the move will extend to the US, Australia, Canada, and Europe.
If you’re concerned you won’t be able to use Apple’s latest desktop OS with your ancient laptop, you’ll be pleased to know macOS Sierra is still compatible with the late 2010 MacBook Air.
However, if you’re still carrying around the iPhone 4 you won’t be able to update it beyond iOS 7.1.2, so it might just be time to pick up a new handset.
Apple is expected to launch new MacBook models, thought to come with an new OLED panel above the keyboard, at an event rumoured for October 27.
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Please do let us know if you’re still using an iPhone 4, and why, in the comments.