Apple is reportedly adding additional products to its 'vintage' device repair program

Polycount

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Earlier this year, Apple made the decision to launch a pilot program that allowed owners of "legacy" iMacs and MacBook Airs to get their devices repaired. Given how quickly Apple rolls out new products, and the tech giant's focus on convincing users to buy new devices instead of hold on to their old ones, it was an unexpected (but welcome) move.

Soon, according to a new MacRumors report, Apple will be expanding that pilot service further to cover a few additional devices. That list of devices is split in two: One set of gadgets will become available for vintage repair on November 30, while the other will be added to the program on December 30.

The former covers the iPhone 4S and 2012's 15-inch MacBook Pro, and the latter will include 2012 and 2013's 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros, as well as the 2012 Mac Pro. If this assortment of products seems a bit random, that's probably because it is - maybe. As MacRumors speculates, it's possible that Apple is only offering this pilot program for products it still happens to have spare parts for.

If that's the case, that supply of parts will most likely dry up eventually, as will your opportunity to repair any of the products mentioned above. So, if your old MacBook Pro, Mac Pro or iPhone 4S isn't functioning as it should be, head down to your local Apple Store in the coming months to try your luck.

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Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
From Apple, this sounds like a cheap marketing ploy ..... got to wonder what they have up their sleeve .....
 

onestepforward

TS Booster
From Apple, this sounds like a cheap marketing ploy ..... got to wonder what they have up their sleeve .....
People like you (wrongly) complain that Apple does not do enough to support older devices. When Apple does support older devices, you still find a way to complain. Just be honest - you'll criticise Apple no matter what they do.
 
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p51d007

TS Evangelist
Smart marketing. Someone takes an OLD device into Apple. Then the apple person explains to
you why you should spend money to upgrade instead of repairing, due to the "age"
 

yeeeeman

TS Maniac
That is how you make more money. Repair old devices, for brand new devices money.
For those who say we complain about Apple with no reason, just look at Android space. Old phones are repaired by small shops, for a fraction of the price requested by Apple. Please, use your brains before talking or praising Apple. And in general, get new ideas through your brain, think, judge and then say if you are ok with it or not. Not everything new and not all the ideas are good ideas and should be embraced.
 

Dosahka

TS Addict
People like you (wrongly) complain that Apple does not do enough to support older devices. When Apple does support older devices, you still find a way to complain. Just be honest - you'll criticise Apple no matter what they do.
The right thing to do is to not sue 3rd party repair shops that repair devices
Except if they are Apple Authorised Service Provider, which should have the same quality as Apple's, but if not you can tell it to apple, and they will act accordingly...no joke, I had to go down on that road 2-3 times now.