February 01, 2024 – Apple has recently updated its list of vintage and obsolete products worldwide, with the notable addition of the MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) model, marking the last Mac sold by the company to feature a built-in CD/DVD drive.
First released in June 2012, this particular 13-inch MacBook Pro continued to be offered as a more affordable option alongside its thinner Retina display counterpart until October 2016. According to Apple’s guidelines, a vintage product is one that has not been manufactured or sold by Apple for more than seven years.
Historically, once a device was discontinued, it became ineligible for repairs in most regions. However, Apple has since extended repair services for vintage products up to seven years at Apple Store retail locations and through Apple Authorized Service Providers, depending on part availability.
In terms of software support, Apple ended its support for the 13-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) model with the release of macOS Big Sur in 2020. This means that users of this older MacBook Pro model are no longer receiving updates or security patches for their operating system, highlighting the importance of keeping devices up to date for continued support and security.