Apple's First MacBook Pro With a Retina Display Will Become 'Obsolete' in 30 Days

If you are still hanging on to a Mid 2012 model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, and require a new battery or other repairs, be sure to book an appointment with a service provider as soon as possible.

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In an internal memo today, obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that this particular MacBook Pro model will be marked as "obsolete" worldwide on June 30, 2020, just over eight years after its release. In a support document, Apple notes that obsolete products are no longer eligible for hardware service, with "no exceptions."

Apple already classified the 2012 MacBook Pro as "vintage" in 2018, but it has still continued to service the notebook as part of a pilot program, subject to parts availability. With the 2012 MacBook Pro transitioning to "obsolete" status at the end of this month, it would appear that the notebook will no longer be eligible for any official repairs.

Of course, if you own a 2012 MacBook Pro, there is nothing stopping you from following one of iFixit's many do-it-yourself repair guides. Independent repair shops are another avenue, although many do not use official Apple parts.

In addition to being the first MacBook Pro with a Retina display, the 2012 model had a much slimmer design compared to previous models, after Apple removed the built-in Ethernet port and optical disc drive for CDs/DVDs. It still had a wide array of I/O, however, including pairs of Thunderbolt and USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and an SD card slot.

Top Rated Comments

GeoStructural Avatar
12 months ago
The first thing that catches my eyes is that MagSafe connector. Glorious little thing, they should have never gotten rid of it.

(Yes, I want both USB C and MagSafe).
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jay42 Avatar
12 months ago
8 years of official hardware support is pretty good.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maflynn Avatar
12 months ago
Looks like its time to retire my 2012 MBP, it had a good run.

This was the best MBP Apple ever produced imo

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Clarification, I'm retiring the machine, not because of the announcement but its not able to run the apps that my daughter needs. We came to that conclusion this weekend, not due to this news story
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pugxiwawa Avatar
12 months ago
Machine's built like a tank. Just got a LG 4K screen to connect to this and works perfectly for kids school work and their daily zoom call. Find me a Windows laptop that still works this well after 8 years. Just amazing.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
justperry Avatar
12 months ago
Meanwhile...:)



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Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Queen6 Avatar
12 months ago
Well at least it beat the 2016 design as that one was obsolete on day one :)

Q-6
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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