The original iPhone no longer has cellular service. Owners of the first generation smartphone won’t be able to make phone calls or send text messages. AT&T ended support for 2G cellular service. The last major update for the iPhone was released in February 2010 and technical support ended in late 2012. The iPhone was released in June 2007.
The iPhone embodies old technology. Thousands of smartphones are more technologically advanced than the original iPhone. It became obsolete years ago. There are many reasons why a piece of technology becomes obsolete. Wonderopolis explains:
Obsolescence occurs when something is no longer used even though it might still work just fine. Obsolescence can occur for many different reasons.
For example, a cell phone may become obsolete if a better replacement is available. Who wants to carry around something the size of a brick if you could instead slip a sleek, light piece of plastic into your shirt pocket?
Sometimes obsolescence occurs because of changes in technology. Technical obsolescence can be seen in the aisles of most electronics stores today. With the invention of high-definition television, many traditional televisions that still work just fine are no longer sold because the shift to high-definition has made older-style televisions obsolete…
As fast as technology changes today, some companies are starting to plan obsolescence into their product cycles. For example, they may decide to manufacture a product with parts designed to wear out in just a few years. By the time the parts wear out, the company will have a new product designed to take the place of the old one. In this way, companies can continue to generate repeat business over time.