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Apple Adds First iMac Models With Retina 5K Display to Vintage Products List

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The first iMac with a Retina 5K display is one of several iMac models that have been added to Apple's vintage products list this week.


In the past, vintage Apple products were no longer eligible for repairs at the Genius Bar or at Apple Authorized Service Providers, but Apple began offering extended repairs of select vintage products in 2018. Many of the iMac models listed below will likely remain eligible for service for the foreseeable future, subject to parts availability.

The full list of iMac models added to Apple's vintage products list:
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013)
  • iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015)
Apple has also added a notice that owners of new iPhone or Mac notebook products purchased after December 31, 2020 in France may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple authorized service providers for seven years from the date the product model was last supplied by Apple for distribution into the country.

The vintage and obsolete products list has been renamed to "Obtaining service for your Apple product after an expired warranty."

Article Link: Apple Adds First iMac Models With Retina 5K Display to Vintage Products List
 

apparatchik

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I think you could still get it serviceable with Apple, its just that repair parts will be somewhat scarce, until it goes onto the the "Obsolete" list in about 2 years when 3rd party repairs would be your only option...

Not to defend Apple but If you're the like that buys $4K+ machines you're probably buying them for work? I think 6-7 years is a reasonable time for un upgrade?

If its working great you can keep on using it till it dies whatever Apple lists say.

Personally, I find Apple's out of warranty repairs so expensive Its usually better to just pony up for a new system, of course I stay at Apple's low end bracket (Mac minis, MBA's, etc). So a repair with them can be 50-70% of the price of a new system.
 
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guzhogi

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What's crazy is that a 2020 iMac looks like a 'vintage' 2013 iMac.
So? Do you have anything you want to see changed, or just a change for the sake of change?

Aesthetically, I'd like the standard no more chin, smaller bezels, no more "baby bump" in back, but a flat back. I'm in the minority, but I'd still like a touch screen with Pencil support. I like to doodle, and the mouse doesn't work for me. And I don't really want to have to get a separate iPad/graphics tablet just to doodle.
 
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iLilana

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"Many of the iMac models listed below will likely remain eligible for service for the foreseeable future, subject to parts availability."

Also... referring to your mid-2015 iMac as "new" seems odd.
because we can all afford to spend 3-5K on a new computer every 5 years. You know ...because a 5 year old Mac is ancient apparently. I mean I would have financed a new apple silicon Mac but apple removed that option in canada for some reason.
 
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decypher44

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"Many of the iMac models listed below will likely remain eligible for service for the foreseeable future, subject to parts availability."

Also... referring to your mid-2015 iMac as "new" seems odd.
He wasn’t. He was doing the math. It’s 2020. 2015 models are added to the list. That machine is 5 years old. If they remain consistent, the 2020s (new) will be vintage in 5 years. At least, that’s how I read the comment.
 
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Imory

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5 years of support for a 2015 iMac? That's completely unacceptable. We should be embracing longer support, closer to 10 years instead of what is usually 7 years on Macs I believe? This whole pathetic grandstanding of supposedly caring about the environment and sustainability (which is highly questionable) is thrown right out the window if they can't support their devices for an adequate time period. 5 years is not adequate. 5 years is subpar and doesn't reflect the Apple tax or the premium hardware/software company they want to portray themselves as.

Edit: Apparently there's a difference between vintage and obsolete. Vintage products might still receive OS updates and have available parts. Obsolete products are however, as the name suggests, not supported by Apple nor can they be serviced by Apple.

Vintage products are those that have not been sold for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. - Apple

Obsolete products are those whose sales were discontinued more than 7 years ago. - Apple
 
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yurc

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Why Apple doesn't unlock Target Display on 5K iMac is beyond me. Sure, at that time Apple have no powerful machine to drive 5K oob, but things is different now.

At least with vintage status, with TDM capability it would make old machine turn into quality display for other Macs, especially headless Macs like Mini and Mac Pro.
 
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J___o___h___n

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This seems too soon for such a product.
Especially with many of the internals being the same as newer version models. Seems silly and against their ‘green’ ambitions.

What if you just need a new screen or a new kickstand?
 
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