If you have a 2013 or 2014 MacBook, you have a vintage product. Yes, it’s true that it’s only been 7 and 6 years respectively, but Apple has recently added the ‘Air’ and ‘Pro’ ranges of these devices to its list of obsolete products.
What is considered obsolete for Apple?
Just because a product is declared obsolete or vintage by Apple does not necessarily mean that it is no longer functional. On the contrary, if you have one of these machines you will find that you can continue to use it as normal and you may even continue to receive updates from software for a few years, especially those related to improving security aspects.
What is affected by having a computer on Apple’s obsolete list is the technical support, since you will not be able to repair it in any Apple Store or SAT that offers guarantees. This does not mean that other stores will not be able to carry out repair service, but they will not do so with original parts because Apple will no longer provide them. Nor will they appreciate these products on Apple-reconditioned Macs.
Apple’s basis for adding products of this type is that have not been manufactured for 5-7 years. This is independent of sales, since it is possible that a product would be released in 2012, for example, but would continue to be manufactured until 2016 and in that case it could not be included in the obsolete ones.
Apple products to add to the obosoletos
It was rumoured that by the end of April the Cupertino-based company would add new teams to its list of obsolete ones, but the truth is that it has taken a little longer to do so. Finally these are the MacBook that has been added to this list:
- 11-inch MacBook Air (mid-2013).
- 13-inch MacBook Air (mid-2013).
- 11-inch MacBook Air (early 2014).
- 13-inch MacBook Air (early 2014).
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (mid-2014).
The truth is that these have not been the only ones to be added to this list, as other older devices such as the iPod. touch 5th generation have also been added to this vintage list. This device, which once generated large numbers, ceased to be manufactured in mid-2015, just as the sixth generation was launched. For the moment, the successor to these, the 7th generation iPod touch, is still on sale, although with lower figures than those of the years when these devices already began to slow down their sales.
So, if you have any of these devices in your possession and they need repair of any kind, you should know that the company won’t even be able to budget for them in an Apple Store. You’ll have to use other third-party services or even purchase a new computer if you feel that it outweighs the option of repairing the one you have.