Apple Mac Computers Latest News & Update: These Models Will Be Declared Obsolete By End Of 2016; See List
A number of Apple Mac computers will become obsolete by the end of the year. This means that the named Apple Mac computers will no longer be eligible for new parts or hardware service from Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers.
Four Apple Mac Computers to Become Vintage or Obsolete
MacRumors revealed that an internal memo from the company stated that select 2009 to 2011 Apple Mac computers will be added to its vintage and obsolete products list on Dec. 31, 2016. Four Apple Mac computers will be categorized as either vintage or obsolete in the United States, Japan, Canada, Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
The four Apple Mac computers are the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro, which launched early in 2011, and the Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook, which released early in 2009. Apple Mac computers are classified as vintage if these have not been manufactured by the company in the past five to seven years.
Apple Mac computers are classified as obsolete if these have been discontinued by Apple for over seven years. Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers do not distinguish between vintage and obsolete products outside of Turkey and California. Local laws in Turkey and California, however, provide Apple users with more repair and replacement opportunities.
Longer Repair and Replacement Options in Turkey and California
By being classified as vintage or obsolete, the four Apple Mac computers will no longer be service or provided with new parts in the said locations. However, Turkey and California will continue servicing and replacing parts of the aforementioned Apple Mac computers, until Dec. 31, 2018, since Apple agreed to continue providing repairs and documentation for up to two years, as required by local statutes.
9to5Mac stated that Apple previously added products to its vintage and obsolete list in October 2016. The named devices include the Apple iPhone 4, 13-inch MacBook Air, which launched late in 2010, 3rd-generation AirPort Extreme, and 2nd-generation Time Capsule.
The four Apple Mac computers will be joining the list next month. Owners of the specified devices are advised to have their units inspected, repaired or replaced before the end of the year. More updates and details are expected soon.