Back on June 11th 2012, Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference and during that opening keynote it took the wraps off of a new MacBook Pro. The first to feature a Retina display and simply known as MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the notebook was well received by both press and users alike. That same notebook is now classed as vintage by Apple, meaning it is now effectively obsolete.
We are now more than five years beyond the point at which the MacBook Pro with Retina display was last manufactured which means that neither Apple nor its Authorized Service Providers are required to service those machines.
As always though, there are two exceptions here; both California and Turkey have laws in place which means the devices will continue to be supported.
Interestingly, only the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, released in June of 2012, is now listed on Apple’s website as vintage. That means that its smaller sibling, the 13-inch, is still under support.
We wouldn’t expect that to stay the case for too long though, with that notebook having been initially released in November of 2012. With that in mind we would expect a similar fate to befall the 13-inch mode with that vintage tag sure to be applied in a few months’ time.
The 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina Display was notable not just for its screen, either. Its release also saw the removal of a CD/DVD optical disc drive, allowing it to be built to a thinner profile. This also saw the removal of the Ethernet port, something power users still complain about to this day.
That said, Apple Support would still be taking in queries and providing assistance for anything related to macOS.
(Source: Apple Support)
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