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Apple today added the late 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro, the first 13-inch MacBook Pro to ship with a Retina display, to its list of obsolete products.

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Apple first introduced the Retina display in its Mac lineup with the 15-inch MacBook Pro released in mid-2012. In October of that year, Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, flash storage, and upgraded processors.

The original 15-inch MacBook Pro became obsolete in July of 2020, and the 13-inch model has now followed suit. Apple classifies products that have been discontinued for at least seven years as "obsolete," meaning that they are unable to receive any hardware service from Apple or its service providers.

Article Link: Apple's First 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display Now Classified as 'Obsolete'
 

contacos

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I am still using it today. I only have about 400 charging cycles and it runs flawless. I put BigSur on it and it’s fast. I actually prefer to work on it even though I got a Brand new dell computer from work.

i am waiting for a slight redesign and bigger screen that isn’t too big so I keep being like I waited so long, I might as well hold out a little longer and then go all in
 

pdaholic

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Still my main Mac. I should have replaced the battery before it went obsolete, but I have been questioning how long before I update. I still love this laptop though.
 

RGC1981

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I still use my 15' Mac Book Pro from 2012. Still going strong. My battery got replaced by apple so hopefully it will be a computer I continue to use. (Although I am excited to see apple bring back a few ports on the next Mac Book Pro)
 

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Apple today added the late 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro, the first 13-inch MacBook Pro to ship with a Retina display, to its list of obsolete products.

2012-retina-mbp-obsolete.jpg

Apple first introduced the Retina display in its Mac lineup with the 15-inch MacBook Pro released in mid-2012. In October of that year, Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, flash storage, and upgraded processors.

The original 15-inch MacBook Pro became obsolete in July of 2020, and the 13-inch model has now followed suit. Apple classifies products that have been discontinued for at least seven years as "obsolete," meaning that they are unable to receive any hardware service from Apple or its service providers.

Article Link: Apple's First 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display Now Classified as 'Obsolete'
Shucks for those who can’t afford to upgrade. But good marketing tactic.
 

Wildkraut

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I am still using it today. I only have about 400 charging cycles and it runs flawless. I put BigSur on it and it’s fast. I actually prefer to work on it even though I got a Brand new dell computer from work.

i am waiting for a slight redesign and bigger screen that isn’t too big so I keep being like I waited so long, I might as well hold out a little longer and then go all in
Clear case of planned obsolescence.
 

Mr. Dee

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Unbelievable the Retina MacBook Pro was launched almost 10 years ago, crazy 2012 is almost a decade ago. Time flies! I remember watching the keynote and thinking I would never be able to afford this. But 4 years later, with my first writing gig, I was able to buy the Early 2015 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro and iPhone 6s. Still have it and use it, but it certainly is getting less use since I bought my M1 MacBook Pro. Its still current in its design, Apple could have easily kept it going and I wouldn't have been bothered that its still the same.

The 15 inch model is huge in comparison to the 13 inch. I might pick up one just to have it to play with and load it with Lion.
 

polterbyte

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Getting close. My current MacBook is a late 2014 13' Retina, maxed out (16GB RAM, 512GBSSD). I love it madly, but it is getting a little long on the tooth. Hopefully the next M1 batch will get here soon.
 
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baryon

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Going from the non-retina to the retina machines, that also had flash as standard was a huge deal.

Compare that to when the touchbar Macs came out, which had a worse keyboard, a touchbar, and no USB-A, as well as no magsafe, no SD card reader, no HDMI, and a T2 chip that had no noticeable benefit to the user but it would crash... as for advantages it had a bigger trackpad, a fingerprint reader, and had the usual speed bumps that every computer has every year. That was it.

I was in need for a machine but held out several years until the 16 inch MBP. But even that has no real benefit over the original Retinas, other than just being faster as all newer machines always are, and carries the same problems as the touchbars, except for the faulty keyboard of course. Actually, putting the 16 inch MBP and the original Retina side by side, the original has a better screen (same colors but much faster response time).

Of course M1 is a much bigger deal, but if your current computer is fast enough for what you do, again you won't really notice any difference with that.
 
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