[Update: According to MacRumors, the 2012 15″ MacBook Pro vintage date has been pushed back to Dec. 31, 2018]
Apple adding a six-year-old Mac model to its “vintage” list shouldn’t come as a surprise. However, it might feel premature considering the latest addition is a Retina model that still performs admirably for many owners.
According to Apple’s Vintage and Obsolete Products page, the mid-2012 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display – its first-ever Retina Mac model – has been added to the list as a vintage product. Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago, meaning Apple is no longer obligated to provide hardware service or replacement parts in most locations.
The MacBook Pro with Retina was first unveiled in June 2012 at WWDC. Later that year, a 13” model was released, however, that model is not yet on the vintage or obsolete list. In addition to a new display, the 2012 MacBook Pro also removed the optical drive and Ethernet port, and featured Thunderbolt, USB and an SD card slot.
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