How long can an old Mac be repaired?

Updated : Aug 29, 2021

When a Mac breaks down a few years ago, you may be wondering whether it should be repaired or replaced.

This page will show you how to find out the repair deadline for Apple products, including Macs.

How to find out the warranty period of your current Mac

For Apple products, including Macs, knowing the serial number tells you the model number and warranty period.

How to find the serial number

Mac

It is described in the pop-up screen that is displayed by selecting “About This Mac” from the Apple menu.

Apple Menu「About This Mac」

Apple Menu「About this Mac」

 

Alternatively, it may be silkscreen printed on the back of your Mac or printed on a sticker on the packaging.

 

iPhone/iPad

Launch the “Settings” app and you will find it in “General”-> “About”.

Step 1

iPhone Settings App

 

Step 2

iPhone Settings App 「General」

 

Step 3

iPhone Settings App 「General」-「About」

 

Step 4

iPhone Settings App 「General」-「About」-「Serial Number」

 

 

 

How to find out the model number and warranty period from the serial number

Open the following Apple official website page and enter the serial number you want to look up.

Check Your Service and Support Coverage - Apple Support
Check your Apple warranty status. Enter a serial number to review your eligibility for support and extended coverage.

Apple Service Coverage

 

The following is when the warranty period has expired for more than 1 year after purchase and it is not included in AppleCare+.

Apple Service Coverage

 

The following is if you are in AppleCare+ within 1 year of purchase and within the warranty period.

Apple Service Coverage

 

The following is if you purchased within 1 year, within the warranty period, and not in AppleCare+.

Apple Service Coverage

 

How to find out the deadline for paid repairs for a specific model

Apple products can be repaired for 5 years from the end of production

Apple calls models that have been in production for more than 5 years and less than 7 years as “vintage products,” and accepts repairs as long as repair parts are in stock.

In addition, we have called it an “obsolete product” for more than 7 years and have not accepted repairs.

Therefore, when you want to repair an old Mac, if it has been more than 7 years since the end of production, you can not repair it, so replace it with a new one. Will be decided.

How to find out if a model is a “vintage product” or “obsolete product”

Information is available on Apple’s official website.

Obtaining service for your Apple product after an expired warranty
Learn about your options for getting service and parts for Apple devices that are past their warranty period.

You can also check the following articles on this site.

Mac model OS compatibility table
A list of compatible macOS (OS X) versions is posted for each Mac model. The OS cannot be installed or booted for the unsupported version.

In addition, the following article describes AppleCare+ name changes and cancellations.

Can AppleCare+ be renamed by reselling or transferring Apple products such as Mac?
You joined AppleCare+ when you bought your Mac, but later sold or transferred your Mac. If so, can AppleCare+ be renamed? This section explains.
This is the end of the article on this page.

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