You may be able to breathe new life into the old iPhone ($ 1,162 at the Amazon Marketplace) rattling around in a desktop case or an old MacBook ($ 1,549 on Amazon) on the back of A closet. Before you write out your Apple devices without availability as obsolete and in addition to repair, it may be worth checking if they are considered vintage and therefore eligible for repair.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple will soon launch a "Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot" program that may extend a product's eligibility for repairs from five years to seven years. Here's what you need to know about how Apple classifies old products and how to check your status.
Outdated to Vintage
There is a big difference between "outdated" and "vintage" in Apple's eyes. Vintage products have not been manufactured for more than five years but less than seven years. Outdated products have not been manufactured for more than seven years.
Apple currently only repairs a product if it is less than five years from when it was last manufactured. On its current vintage and outdated product page, Apple lists some exceptions for vintage products that are eligible for repair (basically, you're not lucky if you did not buy a Mac in Turkey or a Mac, iPhone or iPod in California between five and seven years ago) .
According to 9to5Mac, more vintage products will soon be eligible for Apple repair or an authorized service provider. IPhone 5 ($ 224 on Amazon) and mid 2012 MacBook Air models are vintage products that will soon be repaired. Additional models will be added to the Qualified Vintage Repair Repair List, starting with and MacBook Pro ($ 1,799 at Amazon Marketplace) (15-inch, mid-2012) November 30, followed by MacBook Pro models from 2012 and 2013 on December 30th. Apple does not warrant repairs for vintage products, but will base them on shared availability.
MacRumors points to an Apple internal document describing the new program and products that it will contain. Here is the review of vintage Apple products that will soon be eligible for repair.
When launching Apple Apple's repair program:
- iPhone 5
- MacBook Air (11-inch and 13-inch, mid-2012)
- iMac (21.5 inches and 27 inches 2011) – USA and Turkey Only
- iPhone 4S
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro, 13-inch, Late 2012)
- MacBook Pro Pro (retina, 13-inch, early 2013)
- MacBook Pro (retina, 15-inch, mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro (retina, 15-inch, early 2013)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
How to check the age of your old Apple devices
On an iOS device, go to Settings> General> About and look for the line . The Google Model Number to see what model you have.
On a Mac, click the Apple Icon at the top left and click About This Mac . On the  tab 59070] Overview will display your Mac name along with its screen size and year of release.
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