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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today updated its vintage and obsolete product list to designate several 2013 and 2014 iMac models as obsolete. These Macs were previously on the vintage list, but are now considered obsolete and are no longer eligible for repair.


Obsoleted Macs include the late 2013 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs, the mid-2014 21.5-inch iMac, and the late 2014 27-inch Retina 5K iMac. The late 2014 27-inch iMac was the first iMac with a 5K Retina display. At the time, Apple's Phil Schiller said it was the "most insanely great Mac we have ever made."

Apple designates products as obsolete seven years after they were last on sale. All hardware service is discontinued for obsolete products, and service providers are not able to order parts for obsolete devices. The 2013 and 2014 iMacs will no longer be able to be repaired with components from Apple.

Apple today also marked the Apple Watch Series 2 as vintage. The vintage products list features devices that Apple stopped distributing for sale more than five years ago and less than seven years ago. Apple provides service and parts for vintage devices for up to 7 years, or as required by law, but repairs are subject to parts availability.

Both the original Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Series 2 are considered vintage, with the Series 2 having come out in 2016.

Article Link: Apple's 2013 and 2014 iMacs Now Obsolete, Apple Watch Series 2 Marked as Vintage

Justin Cymbal

macrumors 6502
Mar 25, 2008
Boston, Massachusetts
I bought (and still have) my late 2014 27-inch iMac - the first iMac with a 5K Retina display

I still use it once a month to download my iCloud photos from my Photo Stream (which surprisingly still works) into my Aperture library - I really like using Aperture because it has a map of all of the locations where I took my pictures

I bought the M1 iMac last year and use that as my primary iMac - it’s really amazing how fast the M series chips are


macrumors regular
Jan 21, 2008
Tokyo, Japan
Still running 2011 iMac 27 with 32gb RAM and an added 512Gb SSD.

I did replace the unreliable ATI (?) graphics card with an Nvidia MXM module with more VRAM three or four years ago.

High Sierra runs Aperture which is great. I have a perpetual CS6 license and use Brew which allows me to install all manner of open source software.

I use it mainly to run Visual Studio Code, Python and SimCity 4.

Except for the lack of Retina display, the thing is an absolute champ. DXO is not very responsive, I’ll admit, but the rest is fine.

TLDR Apple machines can last a long time.


macrumors 68000
Jul 22, 2007
Utica, NY
On the list of Apple gear I've hung on to, the white ceramic Series 2 Edition watch is right up there as one of my favorites.

The bright white almost has a pearlescent luster, it stays clean and looks fantastic no matter what you put it through, and it's as durable as a tank. Reminds me very much of the iPod Classics and the effect of acrylic-over-white.

For anyone else interested in taking a quick nostalgic trip:
Apple introduces Apple Watch Series 2



macrumors 68000
Feb 21, 2017
Back End of Beyond
I wish apple would go to 10 years of service before Macs are obsolete. But we all know how eager they are to put them in a landfill. Or maybe offer the schematics for obsoleted Macs and sell off their stock of obsolete parts so others could keep these repaired, so they'd actually earn the eco-friendly label they tout rather than just offer lip service. I remember reading that Apple actually destroys any remaining repair stock once Macs become obsoleted.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 19, 2005
Such a beautiful machine. Still run mine today, minus the fusion, sometimes paired with the Mac Pro 6,1 and Luna when necessary for music production and dual monitors.

A very powerful machine that holds it’s own. Best thing I did was remove fusion and put in a sole SSD. A shame they can’t be used in Target Mode with an M1 Mini.
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