From time to time, Apple updates its list of old and obsolete products around the world. Not long ago, those from Cupertino made the first generation of Apple Watches launched in 2015 obsolete, including the gold Apple Watch Edition. Now they have made another move, and have converted new models into Vintage. But, what does it mean that a product is Vintage? What is the difference with an obsolete product? We explain it to you in this post!
The life cycle, in terms of repairs, of all Apple products is governed by rules that apply to the entire ecosystem. When a product has been launched on the market, is withdrawn and 7 years have passed, Apple may consider them obsolete, thus making them no longer officially repairable at an Apple Store or authorized service. But, what is a Vintage product?
What does it mean for an Apple product to be Vintage?
The first scenario of an obsolete product implies that they can no longer be officially repaired, since spare parts are no longer manufactured for them. However, before an Apple product becomes obsolete, Apple has an additional list of products considered vintage.
The requirement, in this case, is that at least five years must have passed since it began to be distributed in stores. And although they can continue to be repaired in official stores and authorized technical services, the truth is that we may encounter stock limitations, as far as spare parts are concerned.
In this way, it is the previous step, in which we still have room for repairs. But, however, not enough time has passed for it to be completely displaced.
These Apple Watches are now Vintage
As we said at the beginning, not many days ago, all the alarms went off after Apple’s move to consider the entire first generation of the Apple Watch launched in 2015 as obsolete.
When the Apple Watch Series 2 generation was launched in 2016, the original batch was discontinued and replaced by an entry-level range, which was renamed Apple Watch Series 1. In this case, the devices had very similar specifications to those originally launched. in 2015.
Well, after Apple has updated its list of old and obsolete products around the world, we have two new Apple Watch models that are old;
- Apple Watch Series 1 with Aluminum case and 38 millimeters
- Apple Watch Series 1 with Aluminum case and 42 millimeters
Therefore, we have two new watch models that join the list of old (or vintage) products. To these two devices, we must add those that were already present on the list, in this same category:
- Apple Watch Series 2 with Aluminum case and 38 millimeters
- Apple Watch Series 2 with Aluminum case and 42 millimeters
- Apple Watch Series 2 with stainless steel case and 38 millimeters
- Apple Watch Series 2 with stainless steel case and 42 millimeters
It is a matter of time before Apple finally includes all of these on the list of finally obsolete products. Old products are the previous step.