Apple introduced new MacBook Pro series this year with a OLED Touch Bar on top instead of the old function keys. Now it looks like Apple will mark some of the older MacBook and Mac models as obsolete and will be adding them to its ‘vintage and obsolete’ products list by the end of the year. A report on MacRumors says the old MacBook Pro (2011 model), Mac Mini and 2009 MacBook will be added to the list, according to on an internal memo seen by the website.
According to MacRumors, these Macs will added to the “obsolete” list in US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific Region. Apple will mark both the 17-inch and the 15-inch MacBook Pro from early 2011 as obsolete.
When a Mac is added to the obsolete or vintage list, they are no longer eligible for service or new parts from the company or its authorised service providers. According to Apple’s Support page for ‘Vintage and Obsolete products’, these are devices “that have not been manufactured for more than five and less than seven years ago.”
There are only two exceptions to the hardware servicing rule from Apple for these ‘obsolete products.’ One is that Mac products purchased in Turkey can obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the country. The other is in California where products purchased in the state are eligible for servicing.
Apple’s Vintage and Obsolete page lists out all the products that get added to the list. The mid-2009
MacBook Pro (17-inch) and Mid-2010 MacBook Pro 15-inch, and 17-inch are already on the list. Given that its been more than five years since the 2011 series was manufactured, it won’t be surprising to see these join the list.
Apple’s latest 2016 MacBook Pro series is now already on sale in India. The device starts at Rs 1,29,900 for the 13-inch variant (256GB) without the TouchBar. The one with TouchBar costs Rs 1,55,900 for the 256GB version and Rs 1,72,900 for the 512GB storage option. The 15-inch display variant of Apple MacBook Pro is available in India at Rs 2,05,900 for 256GB storage variant. The 512GB option costs Rs 2,41,900.
Apple says it makes no distinction between obsolete and vintage products.