Owners of 4th generation Time Capsules, 5th generation AirPort Extremes and Mid 2010 Mac Pro are now using “obsolete” devices. (Don’t worry, they’ll still work just fine, it’s an Apple support thing.)
The Cupertino firm has updates its vintage and obsolete products list with the three above listed products. Products placed on the vintage and obsolete list are no longer eligible for hardware support and service.
Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Apple has discontinued hardware service for vintage products with the following exceptions:
- Mac products purchased in the country of Turkey. Owners of vintage Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the country of Turkey.
- Products purchased in the state of California, United States, as required by statute.
- Owners of vintage Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers within the state of California, United States.
- Owners of vintage iPod products in the state of California may obtain service from Apple Retail Stores or by contacting AppleCare at 1-800-APL-CARE.
- Owners of vintage iPhone products in the state of California may obtain service from Apple Retail Stores or by contacting AppleCare at 1-800-APL-CARE.
For products purchased in France, see Statutory Warranties of Seller and Spare Parts.
Obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago. Monster-branded Beats products are considered obsolete regardless of when they were purchased. Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products. All Apple Retail Stores and the Canadian, European, Latin American, and Asia-Pacific operating regions follow the U.S. product list, but make no distinction between vintage and obsolete. When applied to Apple Retail Stores and these operating regions, products on the U.S. vintage list (all models) are considered obsolete.
The Mac Pro was redesigned in 2013, and a new Mac Pro machine is in the works, and is expected to debut next year. Current machines have benefited from price drops, and the 6-core Mac Pro is available at entry-level pricing.
While Apple still sells the AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme wireless routers, along with 2TB and 3TB AirPort Time Capsule routers with built-in hard drive, they shut down their wireless router division last year, moving engineers from the division over to other product teams.
(Info via MacRumors)