Apple has reportedly added the 2017 MacBook Pro Touch Bar to its list of vintage products around the world, affecting both the 13-inch and 15-inch versions. This move means that fixing those laptops may now be harder than ever.
The Touch Bar was first introduced in 2016 and has been largely overlooked since then, but it’s still only available on one of Apple’s modern laptops. The 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro still ships with a Touch Bar, but for how long? Apple seems to have generally accepted that physical function keys are a better option despite continuing to ship the Touch Bar, but it’s notably not available on the company’s 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which are currently among the best laptops out there. . There. This should probably tell us where the Touch Bar is from Apple’s perspective.
The 2017 MacBook Pro isn’t even the only new addition to the vintage product list. The Mid 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) was also added.
Gone but not forgotten
MacRumors he was the first to note that the MacBook Pro had found itself on the vintage list, and it’s a move that could mean that repairing one is now harder than before.
Products in the vintage list are no longer guaranteed to be eligible for repair at Apple Stores or even Apple Authorized Service Providers. They Want work on it for a fee, but only if they have the parts available at the time. This means that you may find yourself buying a new laptop or resorting to using a third-party repair shop. And even then there is no guarantee that the parts are in stock.
As for what comes next, it’s possible to take this latest move as a sign that the Touch Bar isn’t long for this life, especially with an updated M3 version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro likely to be announced at the rumored event. Apple October. However, this move may not be as foreboding as you might think. Apple regularly adds products to the vintage products list five years after the last sale, a period of time this laptop has now passed.
However, we can only hope that the Touch Bar goes the way of the dodo. That would be a shame, though. There’s no denying that the Touch Bar was a missed opportunity for Apple.
The only question now? Will that MacBook Pro M3 have a Touch Bar of its own?