THE release of a new iPhone every year is exciting but it also means we have to say goodbye to older versions.
Apple is rumored to be discontinuing a fan favorite later this year when the iPhone 15 is expected to be released.
According to the phone experts at Tom's Guide, the iPhone 12 is in the firing line.
That's because it's now three years old and Apple doesn't usually keep phones around for this length of time.
The change would mean Apple would no longer manufacture the iPhone 12 or sell the phone on its website.
You would still be able to buy it from other retailers while stocks last.
Apple usually continues software support for older models after it stops selling them.
However, eventually, the devices become too old and are not given software updates.
At this point, it's time to update to a new model for security reasons.
Most software updates come with security patches for problems that hackers could exploit.
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Being discontinued isn't the worst category for an iPhone.
That title goes to the phones that Apple calls "obsolete."
Apple says: "Products are considered obsolete when Apple stopped distributing them for sale more than 7 years ago."
And, added: "Apple discontinues all hardware service for obsolete products, and service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.
"Mac laptops may be eligible for an extended battery-only repair period for up to 10 years from when the product was last distributed for sale, subject to parts availability."
The iPhone 5C and any older models are considered obsolete.
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