According to an internal memo, Apple will add the first 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar to its vintage list of products on July 31. The Cupertino tech giant has regularly added its hardware to the vintage collection annually. And for July 2022, the additions involve the first Touch Bar products and more.
Apple launched the first MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in October 2016. The models were a part of a complete redesign of the MacBook Pro with new features like a thinner and lighter frame. In addition, they had a butterfly keyboard, Touch ID, and a larger trackpad. Also, the models had no ports except for Thunderbolt ports and a headphone jack.
Furthermore, the company classifies a product as “vintage” five years after Apple stops distributing it for sale. And the first MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar were discontinued for sale in June 2017, crossing that five-year mark recently.
Besides, vintage devices are not as easy to service as non-vintage ones, and until mid-2018, they were ineligible for Apple-approved repairs. However, Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers can now repair devices for up to two years after being classified as vintage. But, it depends on the availability of parts.
The list of devices that will go vintage at the end of July
Besides MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar, there are other devices that Apple will also add to the list. Here they are –
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt Ports)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt Ports)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook (12-inch, Early 2016)
- iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015)
- iMac (27-inch, Retina 5K, Late 2015)
- iPad Pro (9.7-inch, Wi-Fi)
- iPad Pro (9.7-inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular)
On another note, the company will add the original iPad mini, launched in 2012, to its obsolete products list on July 31. Apple classifies a device as “obsolete” after seven years of unavailability. Thus, these products are no longer eligible for hardware servicing from Apple with “no exceptions.” However, exceptions are made when a repair is permitted by law.