Late 2012 iMac Models to be Added to Apple’s Vintage, Obsolete List

According to a document obtained by MacRumors, Apple will add the 21.5″ and 27″ iMacs from Late 2012 to its list of vintage and obsolete products as of Jan. 30. However, MacRumors writes that the iMac models will be a part of a pilot program that will permit extended service through Jan. 30, 2021 worldwide, subject to parts availability.

Apple has continually added different products from different categories that have been designated as vintage to the pilot program since the beginning of 2018. 

Vintage Apple products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Apple discontinues hardware service for vintage products in most cases. You can view Apples updated list of vintage and obsolete products here: Obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than seven years ago and Apple discontinues all hardware service for obsolete products with “no exceptions”.

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  • Will we be able to get information on repairs for the Imac 21 form 2012?

  • My 2013 27″ iMac is not yet vintage, but the handwriting is on the wall. I’ve currently got 24GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive. This drive, unfortunately, is not reliable formatted as APFS. Which means it’s not recommended for Mojave. Though I could clone Mojave onto it. Still, if I need macOS 10.14 or later, I have an external SSD that works just fine.

    Eventually, if this iMac continues to work as well as it does now, I may need to replace the Fusion Drive with an SSD. But I don’t trust myself to do the upgrade. I enjoyed your how-to video on the subject, but if I ever had the skill to do the job, I no longer do. There’s a local Mac repair shop that I will have to call on if, and when, it comes to it.

    In any case, thanks for the update, and the useful links as well.

  • This is my main home desktop. Still running strong with both upgraded memory and internal storage (original 2TB failed and I installed a 5TB drive from OWC!).

    I might have made a mistake by updating to macOS 10.14 Mojave as now it complains that there are no NVIDIA CUDA GPU drivers, but it still works for all my needs.

    • Sadly, Mojave does not work well on an HDD. It was designed for SSDs, which is why the installer upgrades the drive on which it is installed to APSF. But if you are using a 5TB HDD in your iMac, you are probably used to slow performance and may not notice the difference. If you can afford it, you may want to consider getting an SSD and putting the 5TB in an external case. Apparently you’ve already removed the screen of your iMac once—successfully—to replace the hard drive, so with an OWC kit, which includes the thermal tape replacement and an inexpensive drive case for the old internal drive, you have the skill needed for the job.

      I currently have Mojave installed on an external SSD, and it is much faster than my Fusion Drive. If you can get your hands on a relatively new Mac laptop, you will see how much faster an SSD is. Then again, maybe you should not do so. If you are satisfied with what you’ve got, then it may be unwise to mess with success, such as it is.