Apple marks certain products as “vintage”


Apple has marked certain iPhones, AirPods, and HomePods as “vintage.”

Apple added three more products to its list of vintage and obsolete products. The three products now classified as “vintage” are iPhone X, first-generation AirPods, and first-generation HomePod.

While the word “vintage” usually conjures up images of something old, when it comes to Apple products, vintage means anything older than five years after its distribution.

“Products are considered vintage when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than 5 and less than 7 years ago,” the company explains its definition of vintage with an extended clarification about its devices purchased in France.

Under Apple’s obsolete products list falls devices that the company “stopped distributing [...] for sale more than 7 years ago.”

Five years may not seem long, but it counts differently in the tech world.

iPhone X, Apple’s first smartphone released without a Home button, was launched in 2017. Its distribution ended a year later, in 2018.

The first-generation AirPods were first released in 2016. One of the first wireless headphones was discontinued in 2019 after the second generation of AirPods was launched.

The third device recently added to Apple’s vintage list is its HomePod, a smart speaker first launched in 2018 and discontinued in 2021.

Nevertheless, the owners of vintage or obsolete products can still receive service or parts for their devices “for a minimum of 5 years* from when Apple last distributed the product for sale.”

“Service and parts may be obtained for longer, as required by law or for up to 7 years, subject to parts availability,” notes the company, adding that “in some countries and regions, certain service parts may not be available due to local laws or material restrictions.”