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Apple to Obsolete iPhone 4 and Late 2010 MacBook Air on October 31

mba_late_2010_iphone_4_obsoleteApple will add all iPhone 4 models, the late 2010 13-inch MacBook Air, third-generation AirPort Extreme, and mid 2009 AirPort Time Capsule to its vintage and obsolete products list starting October 31, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara.

Apple products on the vintage and obsolete list are no longer eligible for hardware service, beyond a few exceptions. Apple defines vintage products as those that have not been manufactured for more than five years but less than seven years ago, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than seven years ago. Each of the products added were released between 2009 and 2010.

The report specifically pertains to Apple's vintage and obsolete products list in Japan, but the new additions will more than likely extend to the United States, Australia, Canada, and the rest of the Asia-Pacific and Europe regions.

Apple already obsoleted CDMA models of the iPhone 4 around the world last month, while the late 2010 MacBook Air joins the mid 2009 iMac, 2010 Mac mini, and mid 2010 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro among Apple's recently obsoleted notebooks.

macOS Sierra remains compatible with the late 2010 MacBook Air, while the iPhone 4 cannot be updated beyond iOS 7.1.2. Read how to identify your MacBook Air model or how to identify your iPhone model.

The current MacBook Air has not been updated in 584 days. Refreshed models with USB-C ports are expected later this month at the earliest.

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35 months ago
Waiting for the day the products they are selling are that old they class them as vintage
Rating: 73 Votes
35 months ago
At this rate all Apple computers are going to be obsoleted by the time they release a new one.
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They just don't make them


There I fixed it for you.
Rating: 28 Votes
35 months ago

Think of it as a buying opportunity. :)


Certainly not a buying opportunity for outdated hardware.
Rating: 21 Votes
35 months ago
I misread the title as "Apple to Obsolete Entire Mac Lineup"
Rating: 18 Votes
35 months ago
and still it's the best iPhone ever :)
and I hope next iPhone will change this :D
Rating: 17 Votes
35 months ago
i gave my mom an iPhone 4. after a month, her icloud contacts got erased out of nowhere. searched online, there's a huge thread of this unresolved icloud bug. seems to happen every month in which i have to do an icloud restore. annoying.

i filed a radar but apple closed the radar and said to simply update to iOS 8 (which iPhone 4 cannot do). dick move by apple.
Rating: 16 Votes
35 months ago
Always sad to see products go obsolete.
Rating: 15 Votes
35 months ago
Apple! Great at discontinuing products. How about actually making them? I'll go back to the Apple store when I'm in the market for a fancy looking watch band. Oh that's right. I don't wear a watch.
Rating: 13 Votes
35 months ago
Not sure I get it. The iPhone 4 was cut out of the loop ages ago. It's stuck on iOS 7.1.2, released in June 2014. It was already obsoleted in all the ways that matter. So what's with the future tense? It's like issuing a death certificate 2+ years after the funeral.
Rating: 10 Votes
35 months ago
Ugh. Late 2010 air. That means I got s year or so left on a 2011 mbp? :(
Rating: 10 Votes

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