Stuart Breckenridge

A MacBook I Own Will Soon Be Obsolete

Joe Rossignol at MacRumors:

Apple plans to add select 2009 to 2011 model Macs to its vintage and obsolete products list on December 31, 2016, according to an internal memo seen by MacRumors.

On that list, emphasis mine:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009)
  • MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)

This isn’t normally news I’d write about, but I still own a 15-inch, Early 2011 MacBook Pro, which was bought just after release. It was my second Apple notebook. It’s not the same device as it was when I bought it: the HDD has been replaced with an SDD, the SuperDrive has been replaced with the original HDD, and the RAM has been upgraded1. I emigrated with it. I developed several apps on it. It has MagSafe!

However, it’s so thick and heavy — by modern MacBook standards — that I wouldn’t be surprised if it could cause a herniated disc. The screen is non-retina and looks really bad next to the 2016 MacBook Pro screen I am using now.

Importantly, it still works perfectly after five-and-a-half years, which is not something I can say of the Windows laptops I owned at university. It has never been taken to the Genius Bar.

The Early 2011 MacBook Pro is an incredible piece of technology.

  1. This was back in the day when Apple let their customers tinker with their notebooks. ↩︎


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