After about seven years, Apple typically updates older devices to list them as “vintage” or “obsolete”, depending on region.
Up until that point, and well beyond the standard warranty coverage range, Apple has typically allowed for repairs on those older devices, as long as parts for those repairs/replacements were available. And now, according to sources speaking with 9to5Mac, Apple is planning on launching what it calls the “Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot”, which will extend the repair coverage for aging devices.
Some of those devices include the iPhone 5 and a variety of different Macs. It is also covering the mid-2012 MacBook Air.
To start, according to the report, the pilot program will cover the following devices right out of the gate:
- iPhone 5 (CDMA/GSM)
- 21.5- and 27-inch iMac (mid-2011) in Turkey and US only
- 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air (mid-2012) Turkey and US only
Looking ahead to the end of the year, Apple will reportedly be adding several additional devices to the mix, including the GSM-only iPhone 5 variant:
“Apple will also soon add more devices including the iPhone 4s and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012) on Nov, 30, 2018. That will be followed by the MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012), MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013), MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), Mac Pro (Mid 2012), and iPhone 5 (GSM) on December, 30, 2018. The program covers the devices above at Apple stores and authorized service providers worldwide unless otherwise noted.”
It is worth noting that, according to the sources, these repair options for these aging devices will still depend on available parts. So while Apple is rolling out the program to offer repair options for the near-vintage/obsolete devices, if the repair shop you take the device to doesn’t have the parts, they won’t be able to provide a repair.