Apple Will Drop Support to Four Mac Models by 2017
Several reports claim that tech giant Apple may be dropping support for old MacBook models. An internal memo from Apple was leaked, and it states that the Cupertino-based company will cease to support MacBooks released between 2009 and 2011.
The internal memo was acquired by MacRumors and it shows that Apple is planning to declare up to four Mac models vintage and obsolete. These Macs will be classified as vintage or obsolete in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Japan, and the Asia-Pacific.
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The confirmed models are the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros released in early 2011. The Mac mini, released in early 2009, and the 13-inch MacBook released in mid-2009 are also slated to be listed as unsupported devices.
The four mentioned Macs will automatically be listed as vintage or obsolete on Dec. 31, 2016. Owners of the listed devices are advised to have their hardware checked or create a backup prior to the date as Apple will no longer support those devices come 2017.
Once declared vintage or obsolete, devices will no longer be eligible for hardware service or new parts from Apple or Apple Authorized Service Providers. This will take effect next year, although there is an exception for devices purchased in California or Turkey, which will continue supporting the mentioned Macs until Dec. 31, 2018 as mandated by local laws.
According to PC Mag, Apple products that have not been manufactured between five and seven years are listed as vintage products. A product is considered obsolete if Apple have discontinued its production for more than seven years.