Apple Classifies Early 2013 21.5-inch iMac as Obsolete

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Apple has added the Early 2013 21.5-inch iMac to its vintage and obsolete products list. The model of iMac is now classified by the company as vintage in the United States and Turkey, and obsolete in the rest of the world.


Apple defines vintage products as those that have not been manufactured for more than five but less than seven years. Macs and other products on the vintage and obsolete list are generally no longer eligible for hardware service at a Genius Bar or Apple Authorized Service Providers.

That being said, also-obsolete Late 2012 model iMacs are currently eligible for Apple's pilot program that allows for repairs to continue into the vintage period, subject to parts availability. It's not clear if the Early 2013 model 21.5-inch iMac will also come under the pilot program, but Apple has expanded it to include additional Macs and other Apple devices in the past.

The Early 2013 21.5-inch iMac was originally only available to educational institutions, taking advantage of a cheaper dual-core Intel Core i3 processor and integrated graphics to offer pricing of $1099, which was $200 less than the entry-level pricing for the consumer 2.15-inch iMac models Apple was selling at the time. The education-only iMac, which carries a model number of ME699LL/A, also included just 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

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MauiPa

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Excellent News, to be honest products should be immediately classified as obsolete as soon as a newer model comes out. Why would people even want to have an old ugly product instead of having the latest and greatest every year!
And why be able to get service on a product after it is 6 months old, I mean sheesh!
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Wow, Retina iMac or bust on the 27 incher
is it just me, or does anyone understand this?
 

powerslave12r

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Does anyone know what apple considers the date when the manufacture of the 2015 Macbook Pro 15 stopped? Is it July 2018?
 

segfaultdotorg

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Looks like my late 2013 27" iMac could be for the block soon then
(According to Apple that is - I popped a Samsung 860 EVO 2TB in a few months ago, & it's running great! )
Nice upgrade. Based on my experience, it appears Apple stopped optimizing MacOS for traditional hard disks around 2013 or 2014 (yet continued to sell products with obsolete spinning hard disks).

The early builds of Windows 10 were similar and seemed to be very snappy on a machine with a spinning hard disk, but the same thing has happened with the more recent builds.
 
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loby

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[QUOTE=Does this mean the current Mac Pro will be obsolete in a few months…?

Should be five years once the new one comes...2025...amazing...
 
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now i see it

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it's all about churn & burn. Churn & burn. That's why buying a high end loaded config of any of their products is such a poor investment. (looking at you MacBook Pro, IMac Pro, new Mac Pro)
 
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dontwalkhand

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Excellent News, to be honest products should be immediately classified as obsolete as soon as a newer model comes out. Why would people even want to have an old ugly product instead of having the latest and greatest every year!
Yep. Especially since the new products look the same, it doesn’t matter. Everyone will know it’s old and think you’re a heathen. /s