Apple will cease support for the iPhone 4 and the late 2010 MacBook Air (13-inch) on October 31, according to a new report. The third-generation AirPort Extreme and the mid-2009 AirPort Time Capsule will also be made obsolete on the same date.
Once older Apple products are added to its “Vintage and obsolete products” list, they are no longer eligible for hardware service, except in certain cases. That means that even if you’re willing to pay for it, the Genius Bar will refuse to repair these products.
Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 but less than 7 years, Apple says. Obsolete products, such as the original iPhone and iPad, and the iPhone 3G and 3GS, are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago.
According to Japanese blog Macotakara, the products mentioned in the first paragraph will be added to the latter list on October 31. The report specifically mentions the Japanese market, but it’s likely they will be made obsolete worldwide at the same time.
Apple already made CDMA models of the iPhone 4 obsolete worldwide last month, but for at least a couple of weeks, GSM models are still supported. It might be an idea to get yours to a Genius Bar now if it needs repairing, then.