Apple recently unveiled its new generation of MacBook Pros. As the saying goes, "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" — in this case it's the elimination of support for a number of Mac computers.
— MacBook Pro (15-inch, early 2011)
— MacBook Pro (17-inch, early 2011)
— Mac mini (early 2009)
— MacBook (13-inch, mid-2009)
This designation means Apple or any Apple Authorized Service Provider will no longer provide hardware service or repairs for these products unless owners obtain service in California or Turkey, where Apple will continue to provide support until Dec. 31, 2018.
Apple classifies vintage products as "those that have not been manufactured for more than five and less than seven years ago." An Apple device then becomes obsolete when its discontinuation reaches the seven-year mark.