Apple declares 12-inch MacBook from 2015 a ‘vintage’ product


Apple has added the very first 12-inch MacBook to be released to its list of vintage and obsolete products, limiting the support options that owners have.

The 12-inch MacBook from 2015 was added to Apple’s list of vintage and obsolete products on June 30. The device’s addition to the vintage product list comes about six years after the laptop first launched.

The 12-inch MacBook was Apple’s smallest Mac to house a Retina display and was priced at $1,299.

Apple updated the MacBook with fresh internals in 2016 and again in 2017. However, the company quietly discontinued the model in 2019

Apple defines “vintage” devices as those that have not been manufactured for more than five years but fewer than seven years. “Obsolete” products, on the other hand, are those that have been discontinued for more than seven years. Obsolete products are not able to receive hardware service from Apple technicians or Authorized Service Providers, with “no exceptions.”

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I take it my mid 2015 MBP (purchased 2016) will be on the list very soon

I hope not. I did read that the 2015 MBP made the list as supported for macOS Monterey. Yep, I have the 15 inch version.

And even if it were, will it suddenly stop working?

No, but people keep making these kinds of uninformed connections and think “vintage” means “not supported by macOS anymore” or “I guess the new MacBook Pro will come out with Monterey”, etc. This has never been the case.

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