Apple is expected to expand its list of obsolete products with the addition of the original 12-inch MacBook. That’s according to an internal memo published by MacRumors and Apple expected to pull the plug on the discontinued MacBook on June 30.
The 12-inch MacBook was announced in March 2015 with a starting price of $1,299. It was discontinued in April 2016 when Apple released the next generation of laptops. The MacBook had an Intel Core M dual-core processor with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to 512GB of storage onboard.
The 12-inch MacBook was in the news for having only two ports on the entire machine: a 3.5mm audio jack, and a multifunctional USB-C port with support for USB 3.1 Gen 1, HDMI, VGA, and DisplayPort 1.2. Is. However, this also meant that users had to purchase a separate USB-C adapter for additional connectivity options.
It’s Apple’s first laptop with a USB-C port and currently the first MacBook to ship without MagSafe Charging. It was later in 2021 that Apple’s M-series MacBook Pro laptops were released with the MagSafe 3 charging connector.
The 2015 MacBook was one of the lightest laptops on the market, weighing just 2.03 pounds. With its 39.7 Wh battery, the device offered up to 30 days of standby time and around 9 hours of web browsing.
Apple has declared a product obsolete seven years after it stopped selling it in the market. Service providers cannot order repair parts for such devices and are not eligible for hardware repairs at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Centers. Apple also added the original iPad Air to its list of discontinued products last month.
The 12-inch MacBook was refreshed twice, first in April 2016 and again in June 2017, before being discontinued in 2019. Hence, its last generation which is yet to bear the vintage mark is eligible for service and hardware repair.