Say hello to iPhone

Apple’s iPhone, which celebrated its fifth birthday last June, will soon reach ‘obsolete’ status at Apple’s retail stores. This comes via an internal Apple communication which reveals that Apple Stores will downgrade the original 2007 iPhone model to ‘obsolete’ status come June 11, 2013.

Between its January 2007 introduction and the June 29, 2007 debut, the iPhone had enjoyed an unprecedented amount of media attention that fueled the media frenzy to unheard-of levels. But even the phone that changed the cell phones forever deserves retirement. By obsoleting the device, Apple will no longer be providing service parts…

According to 9to5Mac, on June 11, 2013, the original iPhone, along with several other Macs and Xserve models “will officially be classified as vintage and obsolete products by Apple.”

This means that owners of the officially obsolete iPhone, Mac and Xserve models may only obtain service and parts from Apple service providers or Apple Retail Stores within the state of California.

“Apple does not provide service parts nor service documentation for obsolete products,” the internal document reportedly reads. “Obsolete products (obsolete and vintage in the U.S.) cannot be facilitated as Mail-In Repairs to Apple Care Repair Centers.”

Along with the original iPhone, the following products will reach ‘obsolete’ status come June 29: the original AirPort Express Base Station, mid-2007 20-inch iMac, mid-2007 24-inch iMac, the original Mac Pro, late-2007 13-inch MacBook, 2.2/2.4GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro, late-2006 Xserve, SFP late-2004 Xserve RAID, 17-inch iMac G5 (iSight), 20-inch iMac G5 (iSight), late-2005 Mac mini, 15-inch PowerBook G4 (Double-Layer SuperDrive) and 17-inch PowerBook G4 (Double-Late SuperDrive).

Apple also cautions there is no distinction between vintage and obsolete products in Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Japan and Apple Retail Stores, except for stores located in the state of California.

According to this support document, Apple defines vintage products as “those that were discontinued more than five and less than seven years ago,” as opposed to obsolete products “that were discontinued more than seven years ago.”

Apple typically discontinues all hardware service for obsolete products “with no exceptions.” No service provider can order parts for obsolete products.

Speaking of vintage and obsolete gadgets, German auction house Team Breker is auctioning one of the last remaining working Apple I computers (an estimated $260,000-$400,000 value), along with a Lisa system (an estimated $20,000-$40,000 value).

  • Dharmik Kothari

    i own original iPhone and still using happily

    • Damian W

      How is this working out for you? Any lags?

      • Gorgonphone

        that thing is slow as helllll

    • ATBro

      Well you are a terrible Apple customer then, and they do not want you.

    • Liam Mulcahy

      get the iPhone 5

    • Me too! Love it!

  • Boss

    thought apple stopped updating the 1st gen iphone years ago? I remember Steve Jobs sent an e-mail to someone about it

    • Apple stopped providing software updates for the original iPhone several years ago, but this is not what we are talking about here. Apple is officially classifying the original iPhone as obsolete, which means they won’t provide parts for this device anymore. At the time I am writing this, you can take your original iPhone to get it fixed at an Apple Store. Passed June 11, you won’t be able to

      • leart za jmi

        So who have to repair their phones is the right time 🙂

      • Boss

        Don’t see why you’d waste your money repairing a slow phone you could probably pick up a pre-owned 3G for the same price Apple will charge

      • Ernie Marin

        still try to take to apple now anyways, they’ll just tell you it’s better to upgrade.

  • QUIT USING THE DAMN APPLE 1 !!!! agh its so amazing yet so painful to watch

  • what about iphone 3gs? Its old, but fully operational yet. Will this be obsolete as well

    • Gorgonphone

      the 4S is the lowest and oldest i would ever recommend for an iphone..

      • ATBro

        Until the next iPhone is out and then the 5 will be that lowest recommendable.

    • Liam Mulcahy

      when the time comes yes

      • I’ll keep it as long as it works fine, and there is nothing wrong with it, it works perfect, and no glitches or hickups or what so ever, so i’ll keep it and use it as long as it works..

  • Gorgonphone

    ji did not take iPhone seriously until the 3GS model came out everything before that was pure ever hyped bs..

    • That sounds like a confession from an ex RIM CEO.

      • Gorgonphone

        lol it really sucked back then..

    • Boss

      That’s why most phone these days are touch screen/.?

  • Tom

    My grandma still uses original iPhone it still does the job and stable

  • Just bought a 2008 MacBook Pro 15″ 2.5GHz, will it still be supported?

  • JomanJi

    Then they should add a new slogan ; “Say goodbye to iPhone”

  • iospixel

    To own one box fresh now. A piece of history…