According to an internal memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers and Apple Stores this week, Apple will add the first 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with the Touch Bar to its vintage products list on July 31.
In October 2016, a complete redesign of the MacBook Pro led to the release of the first MacBook Pro model with the Touch Bar.
Furthermore, the chassis was thin and light, the butterfly keyboard was much-maligned, Touch ID was implemented, the trackpad was larger, and all ports were removed except for Thunderbolt and headphones.
On the 13-inch MacBook Pro, there is still a Touch Bar, even though it was removed from the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
According to a memo obtained by MacRumors, several other devices will also go vintage by July 31. See the full list below.
To be classified as 'vintage,' a device must have been discontinued for at least five years after its last release. The first MacBook Pro models with the Touch Bar were discontinued in June 2017, so the five-year mark has just passed.
Before mid-2018, Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers could not repair vintage products, but now they can do so, subject to parts availability, for up to two years following classification as vintage.
According to the memo, Apple will also list the original iPad mini from 2012 on its obsolete product list on July 31. In Apple's terms, obsolete devices are no longer eligible for repairs, except in cases where the law permits them. When seven years have passed since Apple last sold a device, Apple classifies it as 'obsolete.'
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