Six years ago, back on June 11 2012, Apple revealed its first MacBook Pro with a Retina display. The device was unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference. This notebook was highly appreciated back then, and it was even called “the best laptop ever made” by Marco Arment.
The design of this model was a lot slimmer than the previous ones and that is because it did not have the optical disc drive for DVDs and CDs as well as the built-in Ethernet port. However, this does not mean that it did not have plenty of connectivity options,, such an HDMI port, an SD card slot, a pair of USB-A and Thunderbolt ports and a MagSafe power adapter.
Six years have passed since the first MacBook Pro with Retina Display was revealed and Apple has now declared it vintage. This means that Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers no longer have to provide replacement parts and hardware service for it. The only exceptions are Turkey and California when the law forces them to do it.
The list for vintage and obsolete products is updated constantly, as more and more devices begin to age. At the moment, the late 2012 model, the 12-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is not listed as vintage yet. For now, only the July 2010 15-inch model is classified as obsolete.
If you still own this device you should know that Apple will no longer help you if you have hardware problems. Nonetheless, the team should provide all the help you need if you have questions about macOS. Software troubleshooting should also be provided if needed. It is sad to see an era end, but since six years have passed it is normal that Apple moved on.
Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post. In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.