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Apple Classifies 2011 Mac Mini as Obsolete


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Apr 12, 2001

Apple this week added all Mac mini models released in mid 2011 to its public-facing vintage and obsolete products list.

Mid 2011 models have officially been classified as vintage or obsolete as of November 30, 2017, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and later obtained by MacRumors.

The distinction means that Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will no longer repair or service the 2011 Mac mini, given over five years have passed since it was last manufactured, except where required by law.

The only regions exempted include California and Turkey, where customers may still obtain service for up to two additional years.

Apple repairs and services products for up to five years after they are no longer manufactured, and 2011 Mac mini models have now eclipsed that coverage period after being discontinued in late 2012.

2011 Mac mini models were the first with a Thunderbolt port, and the first without an optical disc drive for CDs/DVDs.

It has been over 1,100 days since Apple last refreshed the Mac mini, according to the MacRumors Buyer's Guide. The computer is still powered by Intel's dual-core Haswell processors, now five generations old.

When Apple announced plans for a modular Mac Pro, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the Mac mini "is an important product" in the company's lineup, but he didn't confirm if a new machine is in the works.

Apple CEO Tim Cook likewise said the Mac mini will be an "important part" of Apple's product lineup going forward in a recent email.

Article Link: Apple Classifies 2011 Mac Mini as Obsolete
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macrumors regular
Jul 16, 2002
Dallas, TX
I believe Schiller was even more vague. He said the following:

"On that I'll say the Mac Mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren't bringing it up because it's more of a mix of consumer with some pro use. … The Mac Mini remains a product in our lineup, but nothing more to say about it today."​


macrumors 65816
Jan 4, 2008
It's shame, quad core, dual drive kit with intel SSD, ram upgrade to 8GB. runs really really good. Apple still have no replacement.
RAM upgrade to 8 GB? I'm pretty sure it works with 16 GB of RAM.

Apple has a replacement - it's 2012 Mac Mini. The 2012 model works with Handoff, Universal Clipboard and Instant Hotspot. The 2011 model doesn't support those features. Unfortunately, the 2012 Mac Mini doesn't support unlocking it with an Apple Watch. However, the 2012 Mac Mini supports Metal, whereas the 2011 Mac Mini does not.

I think the 2011 Mac Mini is still a good device for a server, but no longer for a desktop.
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macrumors 68040
Jun 22, 2006
The thick of it
It will be another three years before the entire line is obsolete. I would hope that an update will occur before then. They're the only server option Apple has, and they do make great media machines.


macrumors 68030
Jul 9, 2011
So confused ... we have one of these and it got High Sierra - it works just fine - does this mean it won't get the next version of Mac OS next year?
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