As it does regularly with older products, Apple is about to move a bunch of Macs, iPods, and accessories to obsolete status, meaning the products will no longer be eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels. So if you happen to have one of these products and need a hardware repair of some kind, you’ll have until early December to do so at an Apple Store or authorized service provider.
The Macs getting the axe this time around include:
- iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)
- iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2009)
- Mac Pro (Early 2009)
- MacBook (13-inch, early 2008)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, early 2008)
These Macs will move to Obsolete and Vintage status in all regions where applicable. Apple typically begins the process for models 5-7 years after manufacturing has been discontinued and maintains a list on its website here. Vintage status only applies to California and Turkey where the company is required to continue offering support in some cases, but otherwise everything becomes obsolete and will no longer be eligible for hardware repairs.
Other products moving to vintage obsolete status this time around include the iPod touch (1st generation), the Apple Cinema Display (23-inch, DVI early 2007), Time Capsule 802.11n (1st) generation, and for the first time, a long list of Beats products that Apple inherited with its acquisition of Beats Electronics, including:
- Beatbox Portable (1st generation)
- Wireless (1st generation)
- Heartbeats (1st generation)
All of the above obsoleting will go into action on December 8, 2015, as highlighted in the internal memo above.