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Repairing original Apple Watch just got harder


Apple Watch supply is finally catching up with demand.
The very first Apple Watch was added to Apple’s list of vintage products on Thursday.
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The first Apple Watch released back in 2015 has been classified by Apple as vintage. That might sound like a compliment, but it really means that getting the wearable repaired is a bit more difficult than it used to be.

Note that this is not Apple Watch Series 1. That’s a different model.

Classic Retina MacBook Pro moves onto Apple’s obsolete list


An obsolete MacBook Pro isn’t necessarily junk. But it’s hard to get repaired.
Remember the MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)? It’s old enough now that Apple reclassified it as obsolete.
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The 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina screen released in late 2012 was a groundbreaking model in its day. But now, many years later, it’s been classified by Apple as obsolete.

This means that getting repairs or even spare parts for this device just got much more difficult. But it has been out of production for more than 7 years.

This once-popular MacBook is about to officially hit the scrap heap


This was the top-of-the MacBook Pro in its day. But that day was 8 years ago. Now it’s about to be officially labeled obsolete.
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The 15-inch MacBook Pro released in 2012 broke new ground, as it was the first Mac to get a Retina display. But it’s now been discontinued for many years, and is reportedly about to be classified as obsolete.

Anyone still holding onto this classic laptop needs to know what this classification means.

These MacBooks will hit Apple’s dreaded ‘vintage and obsolete’ list soon


The new MacBook Air has more graphics power than it appears at first. Photo: Apple
Remember the 11-inch MacBook Air? Probably not.
Photo: Apple

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models that launched in 2013 and 2014 will reportedly be placed on Apple’s list of “vintage and obsolete products” at the end of April.

Despite what the name implies, this doesn’t mean these devices just became useless. Instead, it’s going to be harder to get them serviced.

iPad 2 heads for Apple’s obsolete list


iPad 2 is so old it doesn’t have a Lightning port. And it has a single speaker.
iPad 2 is so old it doesn’t have a Lightning port. And it includes just a single speaker.
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An early Apple tablet is about to be put out to pasture. The second-generation iPad is reportedly going on the “vintage and obsolete products” list at the end of this month.

Most people might be surprised to hear that this device, released in 2011, isn’t already listed as obsolete.

Apple expands pilot repair program for vintage Macs


MacBook Air in 11-inch and 13-inch sizes.
Apple isn't giving up on the mid-2012 MacBook Air just yet.
Image: Apple

Apple is expanding its pilot repair program for vintage Macs.

Both the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air machines released in mid-2012 will remain eligible for service at Apple Stores worldwide until August 31, 2020. That’s despite them being added to Apple’s vintage and obsolete products list on August 31, 2018.

Apple will make four more Macs obsolete at end of 2016


Mac App Store
It's time to upgrade.
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If you own a Mac that was made between 2009 to 2011 it is about to become officially obsolete.

Apple plans to no longer offer support for two MacBook Pros, a Mac mini and MacBook, according to a new report that reveals the devices are set to join the long list of vintage Apple products.

9 practical uses for your obsolete Apple TV


Check out nine seriously cool ways to make the most out of your old Apple TV.
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OK, play time is over. Last week’s article on five things to do with your obsolete Apple TV was meant to bring some light humor to your day, but we heard your comments loud and clear. Many of you looking for legitimate tips on what to do with an old Apple TV felt misled by the headline when you wound up scrolling through a sarcastic list. For that, we apologize. I apologize.

But we’re not all talk and no action at Cult of Mac. Without further ado, here is an actual list of nine things – four extras because we like you a lot – that you can do with your old or soon-to-be-obsolete Apple TV. For real this time. Seriously.

Clever Waterproof iPhone Case Obsoleted By Software Update


The clever camera butons on this case are broken by the iOS 5.1 update
The clever camera butons on this case are broken by the iOS 5.1 update

You know what? You could probably do a blog about only iPhone cases and you’d still have something worth reading. Provided that the world keeps coming up with cases like this super-specialized iPhone Scuba Case, an underwater shell which gives you access to the camera app as you dive, that is.