If you use an iPhone SE, it's time to get a new phone because Apple is declaring it 'vintage'

Debodinna Chakraborty
Debodinna ChakrabortyDec 06, 2023 | 13:37

If you use an iPhone SE, it's time to get a new phone because Apple is declaring it 'vintage'

The first IPhone SE is now labeled 'Vintage'. (Photo: Apple)

Apple has officially designated the original iPhone SE as 'vintage' and 'obsolete'. Launched in March 2016, this version of the iPhone SE has reached the seven-year mark, leading to its inclusion in Apple's list of vintage products.


  • Apple continues to expand its catalogue of vintage and obsolete products, with the original iPhone SE being the latest addition. 
  • This 4-inch model, drawing design inspiration from the iPhone 5 and 5S, has officially entered the vintage category after seven years since its debut in 2016. 
  • Having been discontinued at the end of 2018, the iPhone SE meets the criteria for vintage status, marking five years since its last sale.

What it means for the users

  • Given that the original iPhone SE is now deemed vintage, neither Apple nor its authorised service providers are required to fix the device. 
  • Nevertheless, Apple will provide repairs if parts are obtainable. 
  • Alternatively, users can opt for independent repair shops, though availability may limit parts and repairs.
  • Basically: If you still use an iPhone SE, it's time you got a new phone.

Why does Apple label models “Vintage”

  • Apple categorises products into 'Obsolete' or 'Vintage' once they surpass their life cycle. 
  • 'Vintage' includes products discontinued for 5 to 7 years, while 'Obsolete' spans over 7 years, leading to the cessation of hardware service. 
  • Third-party repair shops may handle repairs, but part availability isn't guaranteed.

Other Apple ‘Vintage’ products

  • The iPhone SE joins the vintage ranks alongside iPhone 4 (8GB), iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s (32GB), and iPhone 6s Plus (32GB). 
  • Apple extends the vintage label to its second-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the special edition Mickey Solo3 Wireless headphones. 
  • Meanwhile, the Powerbeats 2 and Solo2 Wireless headphones are now also marked as obsolete.
Last updated: December 06, 2023 | 13:37
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