Apple’s first MacBook Pro with Retina Display goes ‘Vintage’

“On June 11, 2012, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduced its first MacBook Pro with a Retina display,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors. “Impressed by its thinness, the crowd at Moscone West erupted with a huge round of applause.”

“The external design of the notebook remained largely unchanged through 2015.

Rossignol reports, “Despite being thinner, the 2012 to 2015 era MacBook Pro had an array of connectivity options, including a pair of Thunderbolt and USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a SD card slot, and a MagSafe power adapter that breaks away safely if tugged.”

“Just over six years after Apple released the Mid 2012 model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, which is more than a fair amount of time,” Rossignol reports, “Apple has officially classified it as ‘vintage’ or ‘obsolete’ depending on the region.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A beautiful Mac, but all things must pass.

In Apple parlance, “Vintage” products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago with certain exceptions. “Obsolete” products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago with no exceptions.

More info about Apple’s “Vintage and obsolete products” here.


  1. Vintage!!?? Vintage!!?? I’m STILL using my beautiful rMBP and I. have NO intention up grading any time soon. Yes, I’ve replaced the SSD, battery and screen. But I will NOT buy a MBP that WAY more expensive yet comes with WAY fewer ports. Just the dongles I would need for home and work would cost a fortune (not to mention the dongles for the airplane). For me, there’s no better Mac (for the money) than my 2012 rMBP….

    And I’m not upgrading past Sierra b/c I don’t trust the new file system w/Time Machine (which I depend on) and I still have a TON of very useful 32 bit apps that I’m not upgrading any time soon (and why should I?- they work perfectly!).

  2. Thank goodness I recently had my battery replaced (was getting about 2.5-3 hours on it). The new MBPs are not compelling to me at all (my Wife has one, I can’t stand the keyboard).

    Looks like they will fix the keyboard and upgrade the RAM capacity in the next go around (based on their repair notices for keyboards).

    In the mean time, I’m tethered to the desk with it, but the iMac Pro works great while I’m not on the road. Given that the iMP is only about 2.5x faster than my original MBP for non-video parallel tasks (e.g., Eagle PCB), I’m not really in any hurry to pay big bucks for a new laptop anyway. Would be nice to have USB-C, but having two TB ports and two USB ports (plus an SD slot) wins over 1 USB-C and a Touch Bar.

  3. WTF?!! Seriously? It’s bad enough I just turned 65 yesterday and NOW, my main connection to the rest of the world is, “Vintage”? Oh, the humanity! I’ve been kickin’ ass with this machine for over 6 years…oh, my, now I get it.

    GD, Apple…bring out something that makes not only want, but need, to upgrade to. Come on, Tim…channel a little bit more of Steve for the rest of us.

  4. Mid 2012 rMBP. Not even close to interested in the newest models. They stripped out too many ports, force marching all to the dongle jungle. Ted can keep his new MacBook Pros, and go back to sleep.

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