Apple reportedly launching pilot program to repair vintage devices like iPhone 5

By | 1st November 2018
iPhone 5 hands-on

Apple will repair its computers, iPhones, and iPads if you have any issues with them, but the company has a cutoff and will only repair products from the past five or seven years. According to a new report, though, Apple is testing a new program for repairing older devices.

Apple is rolling out a "Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot" program, according to a report from 9to5Mac. At launch, the program will offer repairs for devices that are becoming obsolete, like the iPhone 5 (GSM/CDMA) as well as MacBook Air (Mid 2012) models and iMac (Mid 2011) models. 

Today's report claims that Apple will soon add more products to its vintage device repair program, including the iPhone 4s and MacBook Pro (Mid 2012), which will be added on November 30. Apple will then expand its program to include the iPhone 5 (GSM), MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2012), MacBook Pro (Retina, Early 2013), MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), Mac Pro (Mid 2012) on December 30.

It is worth noting that this program doesn't guarantee that Apple will be able to repair your older product. Instead, Apple will reportedly offer repairs based on part availability. This is still a nice option for folks with vintage Apple products, though, as it means that they've at least got a chance that Apple will fix their older devices.