Apple Classifies Early 2013 21.5-inch iMac as Obsolete

Saturday August 31, 2019 6:21 AM PDT by Tim Hardwick

Apple has added the Early 2013 21.5-inch iMac to its vintage and obsolete products list. The model of ‌iMac‌ is 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 at a Genius Bar or Apple Authorized Service Providers.

That being said, also-obsolete Late 2012 model iMacs are currently eligible for Apple's pilot program that allows for repairs to continue into the vintage period, subject to parts availability. It's not clear if the Early 2013 model 21.5-inch ‌iMac‌ will also come under the pilot program, but Apple has expanded it to include additional Macs and other Apple devices in the past.

The Early 2013 21.5-inch ‌iMac‌ was originally only available to educational institutions, taking advantage of a cheaper dual-core Intel Core i3 processor and integrated graphics to offer pricing of $1099, which was $200 less than the entry-level pricing for the consumer 2.15-inch ‌iMac‌ models Apple was selling at the time. The education-only ‌iMac‌, which carries a model number of ME699LL/A, also included just 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

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8 months ago

Excellent News, to be honest products should be immediately classified as obsolete as soon as a newer model comes out. Why would people even want to have an old ugly product instead of having the latest and greatest every year!

Oh god, don’t give Tim Cook any more ideas
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8 months ago

Why would people even want to have an old ugly product instead of having the latest and greatest every year!

To this day, the latest and greatest MBP still came out in 2015.
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8 months ago
Excellent News, to be honest products should be immediately classified as obsolete as soon as a newer model comes out. Why would people even want to have an old ugly product instead of having the latest and greatest every year!
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8 months ago
Looks like my late 2013 27" iMac could be for the block soon then
(According to Apple that is - I popped a Samsung 860 EVO 2TB in a few months ago, & it's running great! )
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8 months ago
Yet it looks exactly the same as the current models.
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8 months ago
Mid-2012 non-retina MacBook Pro still going strong, lol
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