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Apr 12, 2001

Apple plans to add the original 12-inch MacBook to its obsolete products list on June 30, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors. Once classified as obsolete, the laptop will no longer be eligible for repairs or service at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers, as parts will no longer be available.


Apple classifies a product as technologically obsolete once more than seven years have passed since the company stopped distributing it for sale. The original 12-inch MacBook was discontinued in April 2016 upon the release of a second-generation model with improved specs, so the laptop recently crossed that seven-year mark.

Introduced in March 2015, the 12-inch MacBook featured a thin and light design that weighed just two pounds, and it was also Apple's first fanless notebook. Pricing started at $1,299, with the original model's standard specs including a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, integrated Intel graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

Key design aspects of the 12-inch MacBook included a single USB-C port for charging and data transfer, an all-new Force Touch trackpad, and a terraced battery design that allowed for a larger battery to fit inside the notebook's thin chassis.

Unfortunately, the 12-inch MacBook was also the first MacBook model to feature Apple's infamous butterfly switch keyboard design, which is prone to failure and was eventually dropped from the entire MacBook lineup after years of complaints and lawsuits. Apple last updated the 12-inch MacBook in June 2017, and it was discontinued in July 2019.

Article Link: Apple Says Original 12-Inch MacBook Will Be Obsolete at End of June
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macrumors regular
Jul 19, 2010
My favorite computer I have ever had was the April 2015 MacBook 12”. I need to get the battery replaced asap :s

EDIT: “Appointment confirmed” For my “VIN,MACBOOK (RETINA, 12-INCH, EARLY 2015) Battery performance”

Not wasting any time😅
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Lucas Curious

macrumors 6502a
Nov 30, 2020
when Apple announced their cool running M chip on the Mac mini, I was confident that the first MacBook to have it would be this 12" so I immediately sold my 2015 and 2017 12" MacBooks only to get refreshes of the Air. I have since been waiting, dreaming that perhaps Apple is saving the 12" for the M3 chip and I can travel with a MacBook yet again.


macrumors 68040
Oct 20, 2007
I had one but returned it in the window. Tremendous form factor at the time, utterly woeful performance for what I wanted it for.
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Spaceboi Scaphandre

macrumors 68030
Jun 8, 2022
Bro the thing was obsolete the moment it came out. No fans, one USB-C port, butterfly keyboard, and overpriced.

They should've waited until the Apple Silicon transition to try this design. Maybe they could use it or the wedge Macbook Air design as a Macbook SE.


macrumors newbie
Jul 18, 2018
It's absolutely insane to that arbitrarily short lifecycles for computers are acceptable and, instead, not a huge point of shame. For a company to be seen as "innovative" while continuously releasing products that are intentionally designed to have an artificially low useful life shorter than it takes for a kid to finish elementary school is just laughable. Apple and any other company doing so should be publicly mocked. Widely, loudly, and repeatedly until they do better.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 17, 2022
Good riddance. Trash performance from day 1 and hands down worst reliability of any Macbook since the 2007/2008 MBP. Wouldn't accept one for free. And many that somehow survived all the defects they came with from of the factory were eventually taken out by the single port breaking (with the early Apple USB-C design the ports wore out quickly hindering reliable contact) and making charging impossible. Of course for any repairs you had to take that entire thing apart, in contrast current-gen Macbooks are a dream to repair.

Apple themselves indirectly admitted they can't make a device that tiny work reliably by scrapping that entire butterfly keyboard design and increasing the thickness on their later Macbook models again to accommodate the thicker keyboard.
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