Apple has now classified the iPhone X, first-generation AirPods, and first-generation HomePod as “vintage,” according to MacRumors. If you own a first-generation HomePod—or even multiple units like the person who bought my HomePod in 2022—it might be disheartening to learn that Apple already considers the six-year-old speaker “vintage.”

Apple’s “vintage” label applies to products that the company stopped distributing between five and seven years ago. Fortunately, you can still obtain service for vintage products from Apple and authorized repair centers. However, it seems Apple is expediting the original HomePod’s transition to this category, given that it was discontinued only three years ago. Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment on this matter.

It’s worth noting that Apple has not yet categorized the first-gen HomePod, first-gen AirPods, or iPhone X as “obsolete.” Once a product is deemed obsolete, Apple and its authorized service providers will no longer service it. This designation applies to products that Apple stopped distributing more than seven years ago. If you own several original HomePods that might need repairs, it’s advisable to address those issues soon. Apple would likely prefer if you upgraded to the HomePod Mini or the second-generation HomePod.

Additionally, we should acknowledge the significance of the first-gen AirPods and the iPhone X. The iPhone X, released in 2017, was a groundbreaking device that introduced Face ID. It represented a significant design shift for Apple and set the standard for future iPhone models. The first-generation AirPods, launched in 2016, were among the first true wireless earbuds to achieve widespread popularity. I remember purchasing a pair shortly after their release and being thoroughly impressed by their performance and convenience.

In summary, while the original HomePod, first-gen AirPods, and iPhone X are now considered vintage, they remain functional and serviceable for the time being. However, owners of these devices might want to consider future-proofing their tech collection by exploring newer models, especially as these older products continue to age and approach obsolescence.

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