Goodbye!!! Apple declares its classic white plastic MacBook as ‘obsolete’
There is some bad news for Apple users, as the Cupertino giant announced on May 1, 2017 that it would be no longer repairing its classic white plastic MacBook, thereby, adding it to the list of ‘obsolete’ products. In other words, if insiders are to be believed, then Apple has declared the 2010 13-inch white polycarbonate body MacBook as ‘dead’.
Other than the 2010 13-inch MacBook, the other three MacBook Pro models to have joined the list of unsupported hardware are 2009 13-inch MacBook Pro, 2009 15-inch, 2.53GHz MacBook Pro, and 2009 15-inch MacBook Pro. Besides these, every version of the iPhone 3G too was added to the obsolete list. However, iPhone 3G continues to be listed under “iPhone products vintage in the United States and obsolete in the rest of the world” raising doubts over its official status.
White MacBooks was introduced in the market between 2006 and 2010 in color variants of white and black, before Apple decided to turn to manufacturing Silver and later Gold models. Introduced late in 2009, users came across the first line of unibody polycarbonate MacBook, which was the third design iteration of the MacBook. However, MacBook had a short run in the market, having been discontinued in 2011 to make way for MacBook Air.
According to an Apple support document covering legacy product support, “vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago, while obsolete products are those that are discontinued more than 7 years ago.”
Therefore, the 2010 13-inch MacBook is now among those devices having been considered “vintage” in the U.S. and Turkey, where Apple is required to keep supporting it as per local statutes and considered as “obsolete” in the rest of the world, which means Apple’s retail stores worldwide has discontinued all hardware service to these devices with no exception.
All Apple retail stores and the Canadian, European, Latin American, and Asia-Pacific operating regions follow the U.S. product list, and makes no distinction between vintage and obsolete.
You can check out Apple’s complete list of obsolete products here.