First MBP models with Touch Bar (and other Macs) are now "vintage"

Eight more Apple computers have landed on the company's vintage list. This means that regular software updates are no longer planned for them and spare parts are only available while stocks last. Vintage products become vintage when they were last officially sold by Apple for five to seven years. They are then referred to as "obsolete" in English or "discontinued" in German. The latter is yet to come for the Mac models newly added to Apple's vintage list. Among them are the first models of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and two iMac models.

Apple has updated its vintage list. Now the first MacBook Pros with Touch Bar are also on it.

Apple has updated its vintage list. Now the first MacBook Pros with Touch Bar are also on it.

Mac models designated as vintage as of August 2022

That was just before this post was published German support document not yet updated on the subject. but in the English version you could already see Apple's full list of vintage and obsolete products. Recent additions to the Mac space include the following:

  • MacBook (12 inch, Early 2016)
  • MacBook Air 13" Early 2015
  • MacBook Pro 13" Early 2015
  • MacBook Pro 13" 2016 Dual Thunderbolt Ports
  • MacBook Pro 13" 2016 Four Thunderbolt Ports
  • MacBook Pro (15 inch, 2016)
  • iMac (21,5-inch, Late 2015)
  • iMac (27-inch, Retina 5K, Late 2015)
In addition to the eight new additions, there are a few other Mac models currently on the vintage list. In a year or two they will all be discontinued and replaced by younger models.

In addition to the eight new additions, there are a few other Mac models currently on the vintage list. In a year or two they will all be discontinued and replaced by younger models.

Is a MacBook with Apple Silicon worth it?

Whether this or that computer is "worth it" always depends on what you want to do with it. If it's just surfing the web, saving vacation photos and typing emails, then any of the above models will still suffice. But if you want to switch from the old technology and especially from Intel processors to the M1 or M2 chip, you may be wondering whether it's worth the effort and money. 

I would say yes. Because you get more performance at a fraction of the power consumption and a modern computer or laptop that you can certainly use for the next ten years for regular as well as demanding tasks. This year I upgraded my 2012 MacBook Pro with a 2021 (M1 Pro chip) and am very satisfied. I haven't heard the fan even in over three months, which was daily on the old unit. What Jens had to say about the MacBook Pro with M1 in 2020, you read that here.

272,01 EUR
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14 ", Apple M1 Pro chip with 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU, 16 GB RAM, ...
  • Apple M1 Pro or M1 Max chip for a massive leap in performance in CPU, GPU and machine learning
  • Up to 10-core CPU delivers up to 3,7x faster performance, so that you can pro work processes faster than ever before ...
  • Up to 32-core GPU with up to 13x faster performance for graphics-intensive apps and games
372,74 EUR
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16 ", Apple M1 Pro chip with 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, 16 GB RAM, ...
  • Apple M1 Pro or M1 Max chip for a massive leap in performance in CPU, GPU and machine learning
  • Up to 10-core CPU delivers up to 2x faster performance, so that you can pro work processes faster than ever before ...
  • Up to 32-core GPU with up to 4x faster performance for graphics-intensive apps and games
317,05 EUR
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16 ", Apple M1 Max chip with 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU, 32 GB RAM, ...
  • Apple M1 Pro or M1 Max chip for a massive leap in performance in CPU, GPU and machine learning
  • Up to 10-core CPU delivers up to 2x faster performance, so that you can pro work processes faster than ever before ...
  • Up to 32-core GPU with up to 4x faster performance for graphics-intensive apps and games
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