Apple Adds Eight More Macs to Vintage Products List

As expected, Apple today updated its vintage products list with eight more MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac models released in 2015 and 2016.

Touch Bar 13 Inch MacBook Pro
Notably, the first MacBook Pro models with the Touch Bar are now classified as vintage. Apple introduced the Touch Bar in October 2016 as part of a complete redesign of the MacBook Pro. Apple has since removed the Touch Bar from higher-end MacBook Pro models, but it is still available on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip.

The full list of Macs that became vintage at the end of July:

  • MacBook (12-inch, Early 2016)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015)
  • iMac (27-inch, Retina 5K, Late 2015)

9.7-inch iPad Pro models released in 2016 are now vintage as well.

A device becomes vintage once five years have passed since Apple last distributed the device for sale. Vintage products are typically ineligible for repairs at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers, unless spare parts remain available.

Top Rated Comments

mrr Avatar
20 months ago
I have a iMac (27-inch, Retina 5K, Late 2015) that is an absolutely great computer. It is fast, dependable, it has a really great screen. There is nothing obsolete about it except for the fact that Apple now has “depreciated“ the computer and will no longer support it with future OS updates. Total drag. Total planned obsolescence. Totally not sustainable.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
urnotl33t Avatar
20 months ago

I get what you mean but I think that's different than the Vintage/ Obsolete list. It's more of a hardware support thing. It's never good if you buy something right as a major change is happening. It would be like buying a Mac Pro now. If I remember right Snow Leopard was just some slight improvements and fixes.
Snow Leopard was the best ever. Massive stability fixes, just solid all around. Every OS X/macOS since then has had various components of a **** show, each barely swept together and held in place by glue and mud then ignored when the next dev train started.

High Sierra was probably "second best", so much that I hung onto that as long as humanly possible until I couldn't go on any longer. I've regretted Big Sur ever since I made the jump. I'm almost scared to try Monterey (has it fixed the moron 2x memory hog bug that's breaking virtualbox in Big Sur? It's confirmed as an Apple problem. Is Mail worth a crap again? It's been pure garbage in Big Sur, searching is entirely broken; why is the internet's oldest app so hard to do the right way? Does anyone at Apple actually use Mail.app? Seems like they don't.).

Snow Leopard could take all the hits and keep on ticking. It just wouldn't fail.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
exoticSpice Avatar
20 months ago
the 2016 MBP era macs were not Pro laptops
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
urnotl33t Avatar
20 months ago

I think Intel will get more than that. Back when Snow Leopard launched there was 2-3 years between OS releases. I kind of miss those times honestly. The yearly OS updates just feel like too much; They end up abandoning a version before it truly gets stable. I think the last intel machines sold will at least get 4 years of updates. But with how well old computers hold up for basic tasks, it's just wasteful to not keep the Operating System current for longer. I'm still rocking my mid 2012 cMBP on Catalina and am looking at picking up an M2 Pro MBP when they launch, but even my old MBP is still plenty fast for basic web browsing and youtube and whatnot. It would be a great hand me down to my parents, except it will stop getting most security updates this fall. That said, that machine has had a good run overall, but some of these newer intel machines are going to get scrapped way too soon in my opinion.
Yeah annual OS updates is incredibly stupid. I'm surprised they stuck with that for this long. It's been nothing but bug-fest after bug-fest and ZERO meaningful attention on bugs, iOS 12 not withstanding (that one was actually decent).

Keeping the features and product synchronicity is good, but that doesn't require annual all-new everything. Tick-tock cycle might be ok. Or tick-tock-tack and phase in stuff.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
T Coma Avatar
20 months ago
Wow. If a 6 year old MBP is “vintage,” what does that make our (quite functional and used daily) 2009 MBP? “Antique?” “Ancient?”
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4look4rd Avatar
20 months ago
Five years of support for laptops is pathetic. This is android levels of bad.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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