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GADGET DESIGNER Apple will discontinue the original iPhone on 11 June, after which the firm will no longer support the device.
That's according to a leaked document obtained by 9to5Mac, which revealed that Apple's first generation iPhone will appeal only to hipsters as of next month, as it's set to become obsolete following almost six years on the market.
This also means that those still using an original iPhone will no longer be able to get it repaired or serviced at an Apple store. However, hipsters now eyeing the 'vintage' iPhone model should note that the handset can still be repaired at other outlets as long as the phone is insured.
Apple launched the original iPhone in June 2007, and while it's specifications don't sound like much now it was one of the highest specification smartphones of the time. The original Apple iPhone features a 3.5in 320x480 touchscreen, which is relatively small compared to the 4in 640x1136 Retina display found on the iPhone 5.
It also runs Apple's iOS mobile operating system and is upgradable to iOS 3.1.3, features a 2MP rear-facing camera and boasts either 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage.
The main downside of the first generation iPhone, however, is that it cannot install any apps, due to the fact that Apple's iTunes App Store didn't debut until the following year. This might put some hipsters off, as it means that Instagram cannot be downloaded.
Apple discontinuing the original iPhone doesn't come as much of a surprise, but it suggests that Apple has a new model coming. Set to launch as either the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, Apple's next generation smartphone is expected to launch in the third quarter, along with Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system. µ
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