Apple Adds First iMac Models With Retina 5K Display to Vintage Products List

The first iMac with a Retina 5K display is one of several iMac models that have been added to Apple's vintage products list this week.

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In the past, vintage Apple products were no longer eligible for repairs at the Genius Bar or at Apple Authorized Service Providers, but Apple began offering extended repairs of select vintage products in 2018. Many of the iMac models listed below will likely remain eligible for service for the foreseeable future, subject to parts availability.

The full list of iMac models added to Apple's vintage products list:

  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013)
  • iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015)

Apple has also added a notice that owners of new iPhone or Mac notebook products purchased after December 31, 2020 in France may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple authorized service providers for seven years from the date the product model was last supplied by Apple for distribution into the country.

The vintage and obsolete products list has been renamed to "Obtaining service for your Apple product after an expired warranty."

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Top Rated Comments

itsmeaustend Avatar
46 months ago
Mid-2015. So I can expect my new $4000 27" iMac to only get 5 years of support?

Disappointing.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
satchmo Avatar
46 months ago
What's crazy is that a 2020 iMac looks like a 'vintage' 2013 iMac.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
UltimateSyn Avatar
46 months ago
A vintage product with the same exact design as the current product.



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Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Imory Avatar
46 months ago
5 years of support for a 2015 iMac? That's completely unacceptable. We should be embracing longer support, closer to 10 years instead of what is usually 7 years on Macs I believe? This whole pathetic grandstanding of supposedly caring about the environment and sustainability (which is highly questionable) is thrown right out the window if they can't support their devices for an adequate time period. 5 years is not adequate. 5 years is subpar and doesn't reflect the Apple tax or the premium hardware/software company they want to portray themselves as.

Edit: Apparently there's a difference between vintage and obsolete. Vintage products might still receive OS updates and have available parts. Obsolete products are however, as the name suggests, not supported by Apple nor can they be serviced by Apple.


Vintage products are those that have not been sold for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. - Apple

Obsolete products are those whose sales were discontinued more than 7 years ago. - Apple
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yurc Avatar
46 months ago
Why Apple doesn't unlock Target Display on 5K iMac is beyond me. Sure, at that time Apple have no powerful machine to drive 5K oob, but things is different now.

At least with vintage status, with TDM capability it would make old machine turn into quality display for other Macs, especially headless Macs like Mini and Mac Pro.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jml1982 Avatar
46 months ago
For some people who don't need faster machines to work on video and photo edits, I think a computer should last at least 5 years, it's crazy that one of these is just from mid 2015...
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)