Apple is planning to obsolete several 2013 and 2014 iMac models by the end of November, which means it might be time to say goodbye to some old favorites. The scrapping comes after a series of product launches by the company this year, including a new Mac Studio and Studio Display, the updated iPhone 14 and iPad Minis – plus a few new MacBooks too.
In a memorandum obtained by MacRumors, Apple will make the late 2013 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac, mid-2014 21.5-inch iMac, and late 2014 27-inch iMac Retina 5K obsolete on November 30 this year. This means the products will no longer be eligible for Apple repairs, nor will you be able to order replacement parts for them.
According to the tech giant, the products are considered obsolete if Apple stops distributing them for more than seven years. A list of all now obsolete products (opens in new tab) can be found on their website if you look at their support page.
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So what does this mean for those of us holding our precious vintage machines? Will your Mac shut down immediately on November 30th and turn into a heavy desktop weight?
No! You’ll be fine, now obsolete Macs will simply stop receiving security updates and be closed to any major software updates Apple has booked. Black Friday is just around the corner, so if an update is something you’re looking for right now, it’s the best time to look for it sooner. Black Friday Deals on Macs and Macbooks.
Seven years isn’t that long ago, and it’s a bold move to label the technology that hits that mark as ‘vintage’ and ‘obsolete’. Despite Apple’s culture of producing new versions of the same technology every year, not everyone can afford the kit that often. This consumerist mindset that encourages us to buy and replace on an almost annual cycle leads to a surplus of e-waste that ends up in landfills in third world countries.
If Apple made its products user-repairable – in the same way that PC users can upgrade parts of their machines when new components are needed – we would see broader support for older technologies. In our opinion, people who cannot upgrade their machines, or want to keep them from an environmental or sentimental point of view, should not be punished.