Apple will soon move another MacBook to the official “obsolete” list, a list where old Apple products go out to pasture. Once a device has been added to the obsolete list, Apple no longer offers support at their official Apple Store repair desk. Older devices that’ll soon be moved to the list of obsolete hardware can still be fixed now – until that day comes.
Apple has added the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display released in late 2012 to its list of obsolete products. The specific model was first released in October 2012, and was Apple's first 13. Having just purchased a mid-2012 13' MBP (2.5 i5), it 'felt' like a five-year old computer in starting up and in opening applications. I swapped a new SSD for the 5400RPM spinning HDD and it seemed to transport the same computer to the future. Boot time in about 12 seconds, applications open nearly instantaneously. A MacBook Pro 15' Mid-2012 came with Lion 10.7.3, and that is the OLDEST operating system version it will run. This Mac can run Sierra. And unless you have previously downloaded a copy of an older operating system, then Sierra is the next upgrade available to you.
Today’s news deals with the Mid-2012 model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. If you’ve got a device that fits that description and you’ve been meaning to get it in for a checkup or a fix, now’s the time to do so. According to a note obtained by MacRumors today, Apple will move this computer to the “obsolete” list as of June 30, 2020.
As this device is moved from the “Vintage” list over to the list of “Obsolete” devices, one can reasonably assume some similar devices will also move there soon. It does seem odd that a 2012 product would move from one list to the other before devices released earlier than this. Below you’ll see a list of products that are still on the “Vintage” list that’ve not yet moved to “Obsolete.”
• MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010)
• MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012)
• MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011)
• MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)
• MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
• MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
• MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
• MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)
• MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
• MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)
• MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
• MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
• iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011)
• Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
Any of these products on the “Vintage” list that are as old or older than the MacBook Pro of which we speak at the head of this article are effectively on thin ice. It could be any time now that they move to the pile of Obsolete products.
Per the official list of Apple vintage and obsolete products, “Obsolete products are those whose sales were discontinued more than 7 years ago.” Apple’s product lists do not follow year-by-year moves from Vintage to Obsolete.
For instance the iPad 2 and iPad 2 3G are both Vintage, but the iPad 3rd-gen (Wi-Fi) is Obsolete. The iPhone 4 CDMA (8GB) is Vintage, while the iPhone 4 CDMA (non-8GB) is Obsolete. All iPhone (original), 3G, and 3GS models are Obsolte, while iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 are Vintage. Everything newer than iPhone 5 is not yet Vintage.
Apple does not repair any BEATS products that are co-branded with MONSTER. All other Beats products that are Vintage in the USA are considered Obsolete in the rest of the world.
Apple has been rather quick to support the latest version of Windows with its Boot Camp software. Boot Camp has been allowing Intel-based Mac owners to install Windows on their machines since 2006. Now Boot Camp 6 has been released to allow supported Macs, running OS X Yosemite, to install or update to Windows 10 (64-bit only).
Just like PC users, Mac Boot Camp users with installs of a genuine qualifying (Windows 7 or newer) Windows OS can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. A guide to installing Windows 10 using Boot Camp is now available on the Apple support website. The following computers, when/if updated to OS X Yosemite, support Windows 10:
Browsing the above list, it looks to cover any Apple Mac computer launched from 2012 onwards.
Boot Camp users have the option to install Windows 10 afresh or perform an update. This time around only 64-bit Windows 10 is supported, so there are implications to those wishing to upgrade from a previous 32-bit Windows install – you can't do it, you will have to start from scratch. Apple has provided a full walkthrough of the procedure for Boot Camp Windows users, whatever the case.
Once you get Windows 10 running on your Mac you might be happy to know that the following ports/peripherals are all supported:
If there are any wrinkles and/or difficulties with your installation Apple suggests you use its Boot Camp support software.