KEY POINTS

  • Apple added the iPhone 5c to its vintage and obsolete products list
  • This means it will be harder, even impossible, for users to have the device serviced
  • The iPhone 5c joins older iPhone models on the list

Apple has now added the colorful iPhone 5c to its list of vintage and obsolete products and considers the smartphone vintage like the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5.

While previous reports indicated that it would be added by the end of the month, the iPhone 5c was actually added to the list of vintage and obsolete products on Monday. This means the device is already old and those who still use one will find it very difficult to have it serviced for repairs.

The iPhone 5c was released by the Cupertino tech giant alongside the iPhone 5s in September 2013. It borrowed the iPhone 5’s specs but had a plastic casing that came in a slew of colors, including green, blue, yellow, pink and white.

The iPhone 5c was very comfortable to hold and use with just one hand. It was as small as the regular iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. It was cheaper than the iPhone 5s, however, and was designed to appeal to those looking for more colors beyond the usual space gray or silver.

Apple iPhone 5C Apple iPhone 5C Photo: Apple

Specs and features

Despite its colorful appearance, the iPhone 5c was a powerful device. It was powered by the A6 chip, which also powered the iPhone 5. This chip was backed by 1GB of RAM, which was enough to multitask. It was sold in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage configurations.

The iPhone 5c had a 4-inch display. It boasted an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front-facing camera. It ran iOS 7 out of the box and was upgradeable to iOS 10.3.3.

The iPhone 5c is known as Apple’s first budget smartphone and served as the predecessor of the original iPhone SE in terms of price.

The iPhone 5c and iPhone SE were very different devices, but both of them were meant to give consumers a way to buy an iOS smartphone without having to spend a lot of money. They also served as smaller options for those who didn’t want phones with large footprints.

What now?

As mentioned, those who still own or use an iPhone 5c might find it difficult to get the device serviced in the event that it gets damaged or experiences a problem.

Vintage devices haven’t been manufactured in more than five years, which means parts and components would be much harder to find.