Apple removed the Touch Bar from the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, but it is still available on the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The memo, obtained by MacRumors, indicates that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and several other devices will also be classified as vintage at the end of the month. The full list of devices that will become vintage as of July 31 is outlined below. Apple classifies a device as “vintage” after five years have passed since Apple last distributed the device for sale. The first MacBook Pro models with the Touch Bar were discontinued in June 2017, so the five-year mark has recently passed.
The first 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with the Touch Bar will be added to Apple’s list of antique products on July 31, the firm announced in an internal memo distributed this week to Apple Authorized Service Providers and Apple Stores. In October 2016, as part of a comprehensive makeover of the MacBook Pro, the first models with the Touch Bar were made available. A slimmer and lighter chassis, the infamous butterfly keyboard, Touch ID, a bigger trackpad, and the removal of all ports save for Thunderbolt connectors and a headphone jack were further new features.
Until mid-2018, vintage products were ineligible for Apple-approved repairs, but Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers are now able to repair devices for up to two years after they are classified as vintage, subject to parts availability. Apple will also be adding the original iPad mini released in 2012 to its obsolete products list on July 31, according to the memo. Apple classifies a device as “obsolete” after seven years have passed since Apple last distributed the device for sale, and obsolete devices are no longer eligible for repairs from Apple, except where permitted by law.
Somehow I get the feeling that the word “vintage” is used to kinda ridiculize those who actually deserve a monument for sticking to a device for more than 6 years, and this is outrageous. As ridiculous as it sounds, companies shouldn’t try and convince us to buy a new product every year. They should focus on production quality, so as to waste less energies and resources from this planet.