It’s been six years since Apple
unveiled the original iPhone
. In tech time, that’s an eon, and the device has been discontinued for a while now in favor of several generations of newer, better models. Of course, a lot of folks use old iPhones, whether it’s a hand-me-down to the kids or just someone in need of a basic smartphone who doesn’t want to spend any money on a new one.
However, according to document that 9to5 Mac snagged, Apple is relegating the original iPhone to “obsolete” status, which puts an exclamation point on the end of the device’s usefulness. Usually, a device that age would fall under Apple’s “vintage” status--devices that were discontinued more than five but less than seven years ago--but Apple is pulling the trigger a little early on the first iPhone.
The designation will become official on June 11th, at which time any extant first-gen iPhones will become museum pieces.
It’s not hard to see why; while older computers often maintain some semblance of usefulness for many years even as new machines boast much better specifications, mobile device innovation is moving at a relatively blistering rate. Note, for example, the original iPhone’s specs, as listed by GSMArena:
-3.5-inch (320x480) display
-412MHz ARM 11 / PowerVR MBX CPU/GPU
-iOS (the original iOS)
-4GB-16GB of onboard storage
-One 2MP camera
Farewell, original iPhone. Back in the box and off to the museum you go.