The adjective “vintage” in Russian has a positive connotation, even more is the epithet with a shade of glamour. But not in this case. 9 June 2015 Apple officially acknowledges vintage iPhone 3G/3GS and some other products, released in 2008 and 2009.
Since June, Apple discontinues support for iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and older models of MacBook Pro, iMac, AirPort Express base station, Xserve and Xserve RAID. According to information on the support site, the assignment of such status means that Cupertino will finally end support and maintenance of gadgets outside of the state of California, USA.
From 9 June 2015 Apple will discontinue technical support:
iPhone (AP/CN/EU/JP/LA and Apple retail stores in the U.S.)
- iPhone 3G
- iPhone 3G (China)
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 3GS (China)
iPhone (AP/CN/EU/JP/LA/U.S. and Apple retail stores)
- iPhone 2G
Macs (AP/CN/EU/JP/LA/U.S. and Apple retail stores)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch, mid 2009)
- iMac (20-inch, mid 2007)
- iMac (24-inch mid 2007)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4 GHz/2.2 GHz)
- MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4 GHz)
- AirPort Express Base Station
- Xserve (late 2006)
- Xserve RAID (end of 2004)
“Vintage” status means termination of service devices. In other words, the Apple Store and at authorized service centers owners of such devices will be denied even in the paid repair. By the fall of 2015, Apple will write off the original iPhone, and next summer will come to the iPhone 4. Note that the service support for most Apple devices is made within five years after their withdrawal from sale.