It has been Apple's practice to cease support for its older devices, and the company is now putting an end to the iPhone 4 and MacBook Air late 2010 edition, along with many other products, Macotakara reported Monday.
The leak originated in Japan and includes other products such as the third-gen AirPort Extreme and second-gen Time Capsule. It mainly pertains to Apple Japan, but the company will most likely extend it to the United States, Australia, Canada, and the rest of the Asia-Pacific and Europe regions.
Apple had already halted software updates for iPhone 4 since iOS 7.1.2 in June 2014 while the late 2010 MacBook Air has received the latest MacOS Sierra. By the end of the month, Apple will be reportedly adding both devices to its “Vintage and obsolete” list of devices.
The company differentiates between ‘vintage’ and ‘obsolete’ products — Vintage products are those discontinued more than 7 years ago while obsolete products are those that haven’t been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago.
Apple devices generally have a 7-year support cycle, which explains why it’s the end of the road for products released in 2010. States like California make it mandatory for Apple to support devices for up to 7 years.
To continue receiving iOS updates, customers will have to upgrade to newer devices starting from iPhone 4S.