Apple is one of the companies that gives more life to a device even though the ghost of programmed obsolescence always flies over the company. From Cupertino it’s all about supporting your devices through software with constant updates and techniques with repairs or replacements.
However Apple is testing a pilot program that would extend the repair period for equipment already listed as obsolete. This is the case for the iMac of the end of 2012 as we have learned in the last hours. Here are the details.
The North American portal MacRumors has had access to an internal note from Apple distributed to its authorized repair service providers. This note indicated that the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs from the end of 2012 would be added to the list of old and obsolete products as of January 30.
These iMacs continue to receive support via software and is that they support the latest version of Mojave macOS, 10.14.2. Thanks to the information obtained by the note from Apple we can intuit that either these computers will stop updating via software instantly from January 30 or will be updated until the arrival of the new macOS in the fall.
There is also good news about these late 2012 iMacs: will enter the Apple pilot program in which some devices already listed as obsolete will continue to be repaired both in Apple stores and by authorized service centers. This program already includes some devices such as the iPhone 4s and 5, mid-2012 MacBook Air, Mac Pro and MacBook pro models launched in mid-2012 and early 2013.
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It is not known when this Apple pilot will end or if new devices will be added and others removed. At the moment the service has been running for a year now because it was launched in January 2018 and extended in August.
What do you think of this Apple program? Do you think more older devices should be added to the list? Leave your impressions in the comments.