The Apple brand has decided to classify the very first MacBook Pro released with a TouchBar in the brand’s “vintage” product category. A choice that could have a lot of consequences, especially on the repair costs for this computer.
Before going into the details of this name at Apple, a little background is needed. We are in 2016 and Apple presents a new version of its MacBook Pro of 13 and 15 inches. The latter will have a historical particularity, it will be tactile.
With the arrival of the TouchBar, the reactions are not long in coming. Everyone is giving their opinion on the latest computer gadget, which has also just lost its classic charger in favor of a single USB-C port. With their Intel Core i5 or i7 chips (depending on the version) these MacBook Pros are still quite interesting today in terms of performance, although the arrival of Apple Silicon chips has completely reshuffled the cards.
Products that are more difficult to repair x
The arrival of this product, alongside the 2016 12-inch MacBooks, and the 2015 MacBook Air in Apple’s “vintage” category makes it more difficult to repair these devices. Coins will become increasingly rare, with a few exceptions.
This classification happens automatically for all products that Apple has not sold on its official store for 5 years. On August 1, the 2016 MacBook Pro will therefore be accompanied in its fall by the 2016 MacBook and the 2015 MacBook Air.
Other devices are also affected, the 21.5-inch iMac as well as the 5K version. Last product taken into account, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro marketed in March 2016. In two years, these devices will go from “vintage” to “obsolete” so it will be impossible to have them repaired in Apple Store or in the approved shops, without the slightest exception.