The original MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has been ruthlessly eliminated by Apple

Apple products tend to have long life cycles.

The iPhone 6s of the 2015 generation of magic machines can even support iOS 15, accompanying many users through the "seven-year itch".

It was not until iOS 16 this fall that the iPhone 6s generation was included in the list of unsupported models.

▲ Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

For a smartphone, 7 years can be quite different. Flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Xiaomi Note in the same period have long since disappeared.

The replacement speed of smartphones is quite fast, and the corresponding replacement frequency will be much higher.

Therefore, when a mobile phone has 6~7 years of system updates and hardware maintenance, it will be very special.

But when it comes to switching from a smartphone to a laptop, a maintenance cycle of just a few years may not be as comfortable.

"Retro obsolete products"

In Apple's official website, there is a list that will be updated from time to time. It is not a ranking of the popularity of new products on sale, but a collection of "retro and outdated" products .

In this list, it includes iPhone, iPad, Mac and other products that Apple has stopped selling.

And products with a release period of 5 to 7 years will no longer enjoy the maintenance services of Apple's official or third-party authorized repairers.

▲ If you lose official support, you need to find a personal repair agency

Of course, subsequent software updates are also discontinued, unless there is a major software vulnerability and an emergency update is released.

To put it bluntly, it is actually the official label that "eliminates" these products.

▲ MacBook 12

Earlier, the 2016 MacBook Pro line was added to the list, along with the 2015 MacBook Air, 2016 MacBook, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and 2015 iMac.

Among them, the 2016 MacBook Pro series adopted a new design concept, such as Touch Bar, butterfly keyboard, etc., which was also the representative of extreme thinness at that time.

▲ Touch Bar is more like a fun function

This thin and light design style has been used by Apple to this day, and even this year's M2 MacBook Pro still uses such a style.

Now that Apple has included the first Touch Bar MacBook Pro on the "retro" list, it also implies that the once thin and light design is outdated, and the M-chip Mac has become the mainstream design.

comments on both sides

In fact, the expansion of this list is a very normal change. It's just that many MacBook Pro 2016s these days are powerful enough to get a lot of work done, and even still do it for a while.

After Apple updated the list, I thought it would be calm as usual, but there was a fierce confrontation in the comment areas of many forums.

"Without a single tear."

I remember that when the iPhone 6s series entered this list, there was a sense of success, but the MacBook Pro 2016 was completely different, carrying a lot of controversy.

After the MacBook Pro improved its design in 2016, in order to be thin and light, it began to significantly reduce the space inside the machine.

This brings several problems, one is the reduction of the battery capacity to 50Wh, the second is the introduction of the butterfly keyboard, the third is the reduction of the cooling system, and the fourth is that the screen cable is not reserved enough.

▲ The new and old of MacBook Pro

Coincidentally, the MacBook Pro 2016 is equipped with Intel's sixth-generation Core processor, and it is probably since then that Intel's low-voltage processors have become no longer efficient.

The above four problems have made the once very durable MacBook Pro suffer from poor battery life, keyboard batter, heat build-up problems, and "stage lighting" flaws.

▲ Single heat pipe cooling design

To this end, Apple has also launched many rounds of maintenance plans, replacing the screen cover, changing the keyboard, and if you are lucky, except for the bottom cover and the motherboard, everything else will be replaced.

But its own poor cooling has been with all MacBook Pros before the M chip. These flaws have given the "new design" MacBook Pro a "mixed reputation".

Not to mention, it is also equipped with a Touch Bar that increases power consumption. For this reason, independent ESC and physical function buttons are not designed. Although it has a Pro suffix, many functions are not so Pro.

▲ Return to the practical MacBook Pro 2021

And all of the above problems have been put in order by the MacBook Pro 14 (2021), reshaping the Pro series for productivity.

Including the MacBook Pro with the original Touch Bar on the list of obsolete products is Apple's complete farewell to the "compromise" of the past.

"It's too fast."

Apple designed the Mac to be around 5 years, which is long enough for a smartphone, but not a long time for a personal PC.

Many users have MacBook Pro 2016 or even older models still in service, and aside from heavy productivity (such as video, retouching, creative work), the Mac's performance is sufficient.

Not to mention, the previous MacBook Pro had a natural advantage over similar products in terms of memory and storage speed.

In addition, after the MacBook Pro 2016 fully switched to the Thunderbolt 3 interface, it also brought support for eGPU (graphics card dock). After the combination of the two, it will bring a qualitative improvement to the MacBook Pro, especially in the face of some GPU acceleration. Productivity scene.

Even though the original old MacBook Pro had many defects in hardware, for PCs with longer replacement cycles, adopting the "elimination" years that are close to smartphones is a bit "one size fits all".

The system stops maintenance, forcing "obsolete"

In fact, after the macOS Ventura announced at WWDC did not support the 2016 MacBook Pro, it was a foregone conclusion that it was quickly listed as obsolete.

The hardware is feasible, and the system software is stopped for maintenance, which is also a routine practice for many Apple products to be eliminated.

After the appearance of the M chip, new versions of macOS will always favor the "ecological construction" of Apple chips.

However, MacBook Pro 2016 already supports cross-platform functions such as universal control on macOS Monterey, plus the previous Sidecar (screen mirroring) function. In fact, as long as Apple is willing, many linkage features can be extended to the Intel version of the Mac.

As for macOS Ventura, you can also cut some functions and get a major version of the system.

▲ On the iPad, only the M chip supports pre-stage scheduling. Isn’t it a chip barrier created by myself?

The reason why the threshold is set directly from the system and software level is actually a way of removing costs.

Old products can be understood as fragmented devices. Apple changes the system version every year. In order to adapt to some additional adaptations of old devices, development costs will eventually increase.

In addition, after the system stops changing, there is no need to spare corresponding parts after sales, which reduces the operating cost of after sales.

▲ macOS Mojave

From the perspective of macOS's previous changes and supported versions, the previous period was mostly 7-8 years (El Captain even supported MBP in 2007), while macOS Ventura shortened the time to 5 years.

Considering that Apple is increasing its investment in the research and development of M chips recently, it may be behind the ecological barriers that prompt old users to quickly switch to M chips and enter Apple.

In the first phase of the full switch to Arm, the M1 has achieved quite a bit of success, taking Macs from Intel to Arm within two years, and receiving positive feedback from the market.

Even though the PC market is shrinking this year, Macs have begun to buck the trend due to the strength of M chips. According to Gartner, global Mac shipments increased by 9.3% year-on-year.

In the subsequent growth trend, it may be necessary to exclude old models from the new system, and use the means of stopping the replacement of system software to promote the elimination of hardware together.

For Apple, this approach can reduce the difficulty of system adaptation, speed up product changes, and gain Arm PC market share and PC market growth faster. However, setting thresholds on software is too ruthless for old users and old devices.

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