Some leaks do not warrant too much attention, but it looks as though this one does. Apparently, an alleged internal Apple document that was sent out to Apple Stores as well as authorized Apple resellers, did mention that select iPhone models will be considered “vintage or obsolete” in the following regions – the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Latin America and of course, in Apple’s very own retail locations. This particular tag known as “vintage” will be applied in California and in Turkey, as Apple has a responsibility to support those iPhone models by law.
Now that your heart is beating extra fast as to know just which model is deemed as vintage or obsolete, here they are. The alleged internal memo mentioned the Apple iPhone 3G, Apple iPhone 3G (China), Apple iPhone 3GS, and Apple iPhone 3GS (China), while the original Apple iPhone, which is “obsolete” in majority countries, will lose its vintage status in the U.S. – and about time, too.
It read, “All Apple Retail Stores and the Canadian, European, Latin American and Asia-Pacific operating regions follow the U.S. product list, but make no distinction between vintage and obsolete. When applied to Apple Retail Stores and these operating regions, products on the U.S. Vintage list (all models) are considered obsolete.”
Well, at least iPhone 4 owners are safe – for now.