Apple has updated its list of vintage products by adding eight older Mac models. Mac models include MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac released in 2015 and 2016.
Eight old Macs go vintage
As we previously reported, Apple has added eight older Mac models to its vintage product roster. Apple stopped selling these products more than five years ago and less than seven years ago. Essentially, when Apple adds products to the vintage list, it becomes more difficult to maintain the products. This is due to the scarcity of parts, since Apple stopped supporting the products. However, in rare cases where parts are still available, select Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers may accept them for repair.
Also, as we noted in our previous report, the first MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was among the products added to the list. Apple released this MacBook Pro in 2016 with a completely redesigned form factor. Since then, Apple has phased out the Touch Bar altogether, starting with high-end MacBook Pro models. Interestingly, the recently released MacBook Pro M2 still has the Touch Bar. So Apple didn’t completely abandon it after all.
The full list of Apple products that joined Vintage Products on July 31 includes:
- MacBook (12 inch, early 2016)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, early 2015)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, early 2015)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, two Thunderbolt ports)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, four Thunderbolt ports)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
- iMac (21.5 inch, Late 2015)
- iMac (27-inch, Retina 5K, Late 2015)
Moreover, Apple has also added the 9.7-inch iPad Pro released in 2016 to its list of vintage products. The vintage product list update came weeks after Apple began selling its current line of MacBooks, the MacBook Pro M2 and MacBook Air M2.
Vintage products are different from obsolete Apple products
It should be noted that Apple’s vintage products are different from Apple’s obsolete products. According to Apple:
The products are considered obsolete when Apple stopped distributing them for sale over 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of date of purchase.
Apple is discontinuing all hardware service for obsolete products, with the sole exception of Mac notebooks which are eligible for an additional repair period on battery power only. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.