Apple Obsoletes 2010 Mac Pro, Time Capsule (4th Gen) and AirPort Extreme (5th Gen)

Apple has updated its vintage and obsolete products list with three additional products: the Time Capsule (4th generation), AirPort Extreme (5th generation), and the Mac Pro (Mid 2010).


The Mac Pro and two wireless routers listed above are now classified by the company as vintage in the United States and Turkey, and obsolete in the rest of the world. Apple defines vintage products as those that have not been manufactured for more than five but less than seven years. Macs and other products on the vintage and obsolete list are generally no longer eligible for hardware service.

Apple radically redesigned the Mac Pro in 2013, but a new high-end high-throughput modular Mac Pro machine is in the works and will debut after 2017. As customers wait for a new Mac Pro, current machines have seen a significant price drop. The 4-core Mac Pro has been discontinued, and the 6-core machine is now available at entry-level pricing.

Apple dismantled its wireless router division last year, sending engineers who worked on the AirPort line-up into other product teams, including one that works on Apple TV. Currently, Apple still sells the AirPort Express ($99) and high-rise 6th-generation AirPort Extreme ($199) wireless routers. The company also sells one wireless router with built-in network-attached storage – the AirPort Time Capsule in 2TB ($299) and 3TB ($399) capacities – but the device hasn't seen a refresh since 2013.


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7 months ago

Still can't believe Apple shut down development of the Time Capsule and AirPort line altogether.

Makes me wonder if anyone at Apple really focuses on the user experience anymore. Not everyone wants to or can send things to the the Cloud.


I fear the day that my Apple network equipment dies: not sure who to trust in the router business these days. Aside from the occasional need to reboot the Extreme and the lack of support for ac on the Express units I have, my Apple Network just works!
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7 months ago
So my Mac Pro (2010) has been declared obsolete *snif*

Don't worry MacPro, you're still doing fine!
Rating: 11 Votes
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7 months ago
Still can't believe Apple shut down development of the Time Capsule and AirPort line altogether.

Makes me wonder if anyone at Apple really focuses on the user experience anymore. Not everyone wants to or can send things to the the Cloud.
Rating: 10 Votes
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7 months ago

My 3rd gen 1TB is still chugging along fine at the MIL's nearly 8 years on. I often forget about it but its by far my oldest piece of Apple tech (and a free replacement for my failed 500GB first gen one)

They really do "just work" (unless they fail :p) . Set them up and forget about them – not something you can say about every Apple product these days.
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7 months ago
Hmm, my 2010 Mac Pro is 'obsoleted', and yet they haven't released a better-designed Mac since. IMHO.
Rating: 8 Votes
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7 months ago

My 2008 Mac Pro still works great even if it is stuck at el capitan.

Still using an early 2009 with High Sierra and Titan X Graphics. Still runs well :-) Will Apple ever offer a desktop MacPro like the old ones? I dare to hope...but I believe wishing for it is pretty much futile :-(
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7 months ago

Same for my 2009 Mac Pro - I am hoping the next years "Modular" Mac Pro will have the same ability to continually add larger storage capacity as I have on my 9 year old Mac Pro, which currently can have 40+ TerraBytes of internal storage, including a fast SSD boot drive that didn't exist in '09, Blu-ray drive Apple never supported, etc. etc.
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How did you install High Sierra on a 2009 MacPro? - it was limited to El Capitan...


Look for how to flash the firmware to the 5,1 model, which was essentially identical to the 4,1. Not only can you then install High Sierra, but you can upgrade to the six core Xeons and 1333 RAM.
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7 months ago

Look for how to flash the firmware to the 5,1 model, which was essentially identical to the 4,1. Not only can you then install High Sierra, but you can upgrade to the six core Xeons and 1333 RAM.


Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra..what a fine episode that was
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7 months ago

Same for my 2009 Mac Pro - I am hoping the next years "Modular" Mac Pro will have the same ability to continually add larger storage capacity as I have on my 9 year old Mac Pro, which currently can have 40+ TerraBytes of internal storage, including a fast SSD boot drive that didn't exist in '09, Blu-ray drive Apple never supported, etc. etc.
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How did you install High Sierra on a 2009 MacPro? - it was limited to El Capitan...

You must update your 2009 with firmware from a 2010. Then Sierra will install.
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7 months ago
Now you can't say Mac Pro hasn't been updated. Can't obsolete, my ass!
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