When does a Mac become vintage?

When we hear the word vintage, usually images of old designer clothing spring to mind, but now the word is becoming increasingly associated with our beloved Mac.

when does a mac become vintage

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Over the last 10 years we have seen many changes to Apple’s software and hardware as the company continues to maintain its standards of innovation, style and progression. Which, as we have come to realize following the release of the iPad and latest Macbook Pro, makes it increasingly harder to upgrade and repair your Apple products.

So, when does a Mac become Vintage?

Below are some classifications that Apple and their Authorized Service Providers use to label the status of your Mac:

  • In warranty (1-3 years): The Mac is covered under the first year’s warranty or the AppleCare protection plan.
  • Out of warranty (2-5 years): The Mac is not covered under warranty and the repairs or support required will be chargeable.
  • Vintage (5 years plus): There are no available parts or support for this Mac, with some minor exceptions.
  • Obsolete (7 years plus): There are no parts available and this Mac is no longer supported, on any level.

So, what can you do if you have a mac that is 5 years old or more?

If you have bought a mac in the last few years we recommend to take the following health checks which may help prolong the life of certain elements of your machine once the Mac becomes Vintage.

  1. I have found that keeping your desktop tidy will maintain a fast boot-up time, if there are little or no files or folders on the desktop your Mac will load faster and therefore will prevent any software issues that can happen as a result of slow booting times.
  2. If your Mac is a laptop regularly run the battery right down, when you deplete it your Mac’s battery will last longer (laptop batteries need exercise too).
  3. Run regular back ups of all data that you have on the drive, this may not save your Mac but it will save your data.
  4. Run repairs on the disk using “disk utility” as this can be useful to try and prevent serious software issues that may crop up.
  5. Keep your Mac as clean and tidy as possible, dust and dirt can become a real problem and can be instrumental in causing your Mac to cease in functioning.

And finally:

Once your Mac has reached its 5th year, this is when genuine Apple Parts become hard to find with the exception of Ram and Hard Drive (only if your Mac supports them) so remember to keep up to date with Software and OS releases.

By upgrading these two parts you can ensure that your Mac lives a longer life and continues running at a peak performance, while keeping you (within reason) up to date with the newer models that are coming out.

Don’t worry!

Just because your Mac has reached the age of 5 or 7 doesn’t mean that it will automatically die! I have two Mac’s one’s a Power Mac G5, which is classed as Vintage, as well as a 2006 Macbook, both of these are running fine after all this time.

Macs are designed to last but in the end if you want to stay up to date with the latest technology and features then buying a brand new Mac is your only option.

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5 Responses to “When does a Mac become vintage?”

  1. DK Jones says:

    I have a 15″ iMac G4-11 yrs old and a 17″ iMac G4 both cranking right along under Panther. I have a 2006 MacPro running great under Snow Leopard along with a 2006 17″ iMac Core Duo. These machines are still doing what I ask of them. Spring 2012, I bought a late 2011 MacBook Pro 13″ running Lion. I love the G4s–such a cool design! I’ll keep my legacy Macs for as long as they’ll run, for favorite old software–iMovie 6 with my GeeThree plug-ins on the G4s and Final Cut Studio 2 on the Mac Pro.

    • Sam says:

      Wow, 11 yrs old that’s got to be a record! Have you found any other tips that may help continue the lifespan of your Macs? I wonder if there’s anyone else out there who’s got one that’s event older?

      Thanks,
      Sam

  2. David Glover says:

    Mine is considerably older. http://i.imgur.com/CsifGkH.jpg

    (Yes, it still works. Yes, I still use it.)

  3. Sam says:

    That is impressive. If you don’t mind me asking what do you use it for? has it ever had an issue?

  4. David Glover says:

    I use it for word processing – I find the screen to be easy on the eyes. It also has an external CD-ROM drive and I use it to play music CDs.

    It’s had a few issues due to age, the mouse and keyboard have been replaced, as has the hard disk. (The original was 20MB, the new one is 4GB, which had to be partitioned in half because HFS has a maximum partition size of 2GB.)

    Other than that it’s still working great, it dual-boots and I have a choice between System 6.0.8 and Mac OS 7.5.5.

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