Apple to add some 2009 & 2011 Macs to vintage and obsolete list on Dec. 31

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Starting Dec. 31 of this year, several 2009 and 2011 Mac models will reportedly join Apple's list of "vintage" and "obsolete" products, making them ineligible for most or typically any official repairs.

The "obsolete" additions include 2009's Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook models, while the "vintage" items are the early 2011 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros, 9to5Mac noted. In general, both categories are cut off from first-party support, but the vintage devices have some limited options in California and Turkey.

Vintage products are identified as having been discontinued between 5 and 7 years ago, while obsolete ones have been out of manufacturing for over 7.

In mid-October Apple added a variety of products to its list, most notably 2010's iPhone 4 — a huge hit that stayed in use for many years.