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First generation iPhone first device to become 'obsolete'
New York, May 01, 2013
First Published: 17:48 IST(1/5/2013)
Last Updated: 17:50 IST(1/5/2013)

The most sought-after phone once, the first generation iPhone is set to become 'vintage' and 'obsolete', six years after its launch.

Apple will officially classify its first generation model as 'vintage' in US and 'obsolete' in the rest of the world on June 11, the New York Post reports.

According to the report, the firm will provide for repair or service documentation only for the vintage models bought in California, whereas the obsolete ones will be denied access to Apple repair services.

For products labeled as vintage in the US, spare parts will still be available for the next two years for customers who purchased their iPhone in California as the state's laws are responsible for the repair services.

The first generation iPhone, tagged as the gadget of the year by the Time magazine in 2007, is credited for revolutionizing mobile computing with total record sales of about 6.1 million phones.

Apple's policy to change the designation of its products five years after they are duiscontinued, fits the original iPhone which was discontinued in 2008 when iPhone 3G was launched.

The original iPhone has not received any software support from its parenrt company for years and has even stopped supporting the latest Apple features

The software look in iPhones has been consistent as the traditionally designed application icons and features are similar to their real world inspirations, the report added.

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