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Apple's latest MacBook with optical drive is obsolete

13-inch MacBook Pro Mid-2012

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The mid-2012 MacBook Pro was the last with optical drive, and Apple finally considers it obsolete.

Apple maintains a list of out-of-date products that is updated based on how much time has passed since the product went on sale. Some vintage items may be eligible for service, but older items may not.

The mid-2012 MacBook Pro was first spotted by Ars Technica. This is the latest addition since the iPhone SE and 12.9-inch iPad Pro joined the vintage roster in December.

Devices from the vintage list have not been sold for at least five years. Outdated products have not been sold for seven years.

Some regions, such as France, have special requirements for the products sold. Owners of iPhones or Mac computers purchased in 2021 or later can receive service and parts from Apple or service providers for seven years from the date the Apple product model was last shipped.

Outdated products lose serviceability, with one exception. A MacBook may be eligible for an extended battery-only repair period for up to 10 years from the date the product was last available for sale.

The optical drive was abandoned in the era of Jony Ive, when his devices became thinner. An external optical drive called SuperDrive is still available, but connects via USB-A and is itself a relic.

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