How to Check if Your Mac is Obsolete

Find out if your Mac is obsolete.

As I described in my guide, What Does it Mean if Your Mac is Obsolete?, an obsolete Mac is basically a Mac that hasn't been in distribution for 7 years. Because the device hasn't been in circulation, the parts are no longer being made and stored in order to repair that Mac.

While this can be discouraging, especially if you find yourself attached to the Mac you currently own, all tech eventually becomes obsolete, particularly laptops and phones. This doesn't mean there is no way to get your obsolete device repaired, it just means that ARSs and AASPs won't be able to repair your device. With some luck and persistence, if you really don't want to upgrade, you may be able to find someone who will repair your device, they just won't be authorized by Apple standards.

Whatever the case, if you suspect your device might be obsolete, follow the below steps to check if your Mac is indeed obsolete so that you can decide to do next.

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Find out if Your Mac is Obsolete

At Apple has a list of obsolete devices. If you know the make and model of your Mac, you can check this comprehensive list to easily check if your Mac is obsolete.

If your Mac is not on the list, your Mac is not obsolete yet. If it is, then I recommend considering your options in the event that your Mac needs to be repaired. If you aren't positive of the make and model of your Mac (in particular, the year), then you can continue with this guide.

Click the Apple Logo

Click the Apple logo in the upper left-hand corner of your Mac.

Click the Apple Logo

Select "About This Mac."

Check the Year of Your Mac Model

Find the make and model of your Mac so that you can see if it is included with Apple's list of obsolete products from step one.

Compare to Apple's List

Now that you know the year of your Mac, compare it to Apple's list of obsolete products. If your device is on Apple's list, it's obsolete. If it isn't, your Mac is not yet obsolete.

What is "obsolete" tech?

When you buy an Apple product, or any device, you are making an investment. The hope is that the device will be worth the hard-earned money you spend on it, and that it will last a long time.