This news is important for people who are still using the Late-2011 MacBook Pro and the Late-2011 11-inch MacBook Air. This is because these products will soon be marked as obsolete by the company itself.
It seems that Apple will be adding 9 products to the obsolete status list.
Starting from June 30, Apple will soon make some of their products obsolete. It includes MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, AirPort Express and iPhone models. This means that these products will not be accepted for repair from Apple Stores. Even other Authorized Service Providers wouldn’t be accepting repairs anymore.
Products to Become Obsolete
As for MacBook Air, the models included in the transition are the Mid-2011 11-inch MacBook Air and the Mid-2011 13-inch MacBook Air. For MacBook Pro, on the other hand, the models included are the Late-2011 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro. The Mid-2009 17-inch MacBook Pro will also be included.
On top of that, the company will also be making the first gen 802.11n AirPort Express obsolete on the same day. Originally, the model was launched in 2008 with a wall-socket design feature which is the exact opposite of the most recent model.
Apple’s 16 GB and 32 GB iPhone 3GS will also be included in the transition. The device was first released in 2009 and is known as the 3rd-gen iPhone.
Meanwhile, in California and Turkey, some of the products mentioned above will change to vintage status instead of obsolete. This means that in those countries, the company will still provide limited support for up to two years after those products are flagged as obsolete somewhere else.
Reason for the Transition
Usually, the company does not inform their customers onto which product is going to become obsolete. You can only get information through a list on their website and internal documents. Apple usually starts the transition 5 up to 7 years after the product manufacturing has been stopped.
And once a product is marked as obsolete, consumers can no longer repair their devices at any official Apple stores. The reason why Apple makes their devices obsolete after a specific period of time is because finding parts is hard and repairs can be unreasonable.
Apple frequently makes their products obsolete. Recently, some older models of MacBook Pro, MacBook and Mac Mini were transitioned to obsolete status last November of 2016. Earlier before that, Apple made the iPhone 4, late-2010 13-inch MacBook Air, 3rd-gen AirPort Extreme and 2nd-gen Time Capsule obsolete.