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How far we’ve come: The top 5 retro gadgets from the Vintage Computer Festival

SONY DSC VR in the 90s? Computers with gears? TechCrunch brings you five of the coolest retro gadgets and gizmos from this weekend’s Vintage Computer Festival West XI at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Read More

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John Mannes

August 8th

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Has Anyone Seen The Star Wars Toyota Celica? Seriously, It’s Missing

Has Anyone Seen The Star Wars Toyota Celica? Seriously, It's Missing

When the first Star Wars movie came out in 1977, Toyota had a Celica painted and sticker’d up with Darth Vader and friends (technically enemies, actually.) The car was given away, the creators got mired in legal trouble, and now that we’re riding a fresh wave of Star Wars PR somebody wants this thing back.

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December 6th

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How Netflix Could’ve Looked in the 1950s

The Phlico Predicta was a TV that, in design terms at least, was way ahead of its time. But what if it had come loaded with Netflix?

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Jamie Condliffe

November 10th

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These Mac, iPod, & Beats products are losing Apple repair support, moving to ‘obsolete’ status in December

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As it does regularly with older products, Apple is about to move a bunch of Macs, iPods, and accessories to obsolete status, meaning the products will no longer be eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels. So if you happen to have one of these products and need a hardware repair of some kind, you’ll have until early December to do so at an Apple Store or authorized service provider. 

The Macs getting the axe this time around include:

  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)
  • iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2009)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009)
  • MacBook (13-inch, early 2008)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, early 2009)

These Macs will move to Obsolete status in all regions and vintage status where applicable. Apple typically begins the process for models 5-7 years after manufacturing has been discontinued and maintains a list on its website here. Vintage status only applies to California and Turkey where the company is required to continue offering support in some cases, but otherwise everything gets obsolete status and will no longer be eligible for hardware repairs.

Other products moving to vintage obsolete status this time around include the iPod touch (1st generation), the Apple Cinema Display (23-inch, DVI early 2007), Time Capsule 802.11n (1st) generation, and for the first time, a long list of Beats products that Apple inherited with its acquisition of Beats Electronics, including:

  • iBeats
  • Beatbox
  • Beatbox Portable (1st generation)
  • Wireless (1st generation)
  • Diddybeats
  • Heartbeats (1st generation)

All of the above obsoleting will go into action on December 8, 2015, as highlighted in the internal memo above. 


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October 30th

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Apple TVs (plus iPods & Cinema Displays) hitting obsolete status day before new hardware on Sept 9

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Apple is about to discontinue repair support for a handful of products as it plans to designate some Apple TV, iPod, and display models as ‘obsolete’ a day before its iPhone event next month.

The products receiving obsolete status include the original Apple TV, the Apple LED Cinema Display (24-inch), Apple Cinema Display (30-inch DVI Early 2007), the 2nd and 3rd generation iPod touch, the 3rd and 5th generation iPod nano, and iPod classic. All of the products become obsolete (or vintage where applicable) across all of Apple’s markets worldwide (as noted in the screenshot of a leaked internal document below) and will no longer be eligible for service or hardware support through Apple’s retail stores or third-party service providers. 

The products are scheduled to become obsolete early next month—just one day before Apple is expected to hold its press event introducing new iPhoneson September 8th. Apple is also thought to be planning to unveil the long-awaited next-generation Apple TV set top box that we’ve detailed extensively.

Devices from Apple usually get the “Obsolete” status 5-7 years after manufacturing has been discontinued. Apple’s “Vintage” status only applies to California and Turkey, where the company is required to continue offering support. Once a product becomes obsolete, it no longer offers service or hardware repairs through its own Apple retail stores or authorized service providers.

Apple maintains a list of Obsolete and Vintage status products on its website. And here’s Apple’s full list planned for September:

Obsolete-Sept-2015


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August 28th

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Pendulum accessory turns Apple Watch into a necklace pendant or pocket watch

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A new product from Bucardo turns the Apple Watch into a necklace pendant or a pocket watch with the company’s upcoming Pendulum Collection of jewelry accessories.

The collection includes a vintage-style pocket watch accessory for the 42mm Apple Watch in two styles, and a line of pendant necklaces for the 38mm Apple Watch, all available in either 14k or 18k gold plating or sterling silver and various designs. The accessories are designed with a hinge so they can be worn with the Apple Watch’s display covered and protected, or optionally exposed as the centrepiece of the necklace pendants: 

Featuring silver and gold plating and crystals by Swarovski®, the Pendulum Collection includes offerings for both men and women. For men, Bucardo presents a thoughtfully designed pocket watch with a refined pinstripe or hammered cover that flips open to reveal the Apple Watch face. For women, Bucardo offers two takes on the vintage-inspired pendant. The locket pendant conceals the face of the Apple Watch behind an eye-catching cover that features a constellation or starburst engraving. Worn around the neck uncovered, the charm pendant allows wearers to personalize their look with a selection of elegant charms. Each accessory is accompanied by a detachable chain.

The collection ranges from $150 (or $100 for early Kickstarter backers) all the way to $5,000 for the line’s Starburst Locket Pendant Necklace in 14k gold with a 3mm white or black diamond. 

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The company will also include a “a custom-fit cedar wood insert designed to be used as a freestanding docking station for the Apple Watch” with the collection. 

You can check out the full collection and order through the crowd-funding campaign launching this week. Shipping for Kickstarter backers is scheduled to start early December in time for the holidays.


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Jordan Kahn

August 7th

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A bunch of iPhones and Macs are about to become ‘obsolete’ in June, losing Apple repair support

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Apple is about to sunset support for a number of iPhones, Macs, and other products as it plans to switch several models to “Obsolete” or “Vintage” status in June, according to internal documents.

When a device receives Obsolete or Vintage status from Apple — vintage only applies to California and Turkey, where the company is required to continue offering support — it no longer offers service or repair support through its own Apple retail stores and authorized service providers. It typically begins the process for models 5-7 years after manufacturing has been discontinued and maintains a list on its website here.

iPhone models that are about to get the boot include the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G (China), iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3GS (China), all of which become obsolete in Asia-Pacific/Canada/EU/Japan/Latin America and all Apple Retail Stores. These models are also “Vintage” status where applicable in the US.

In addition, the original iPhone loses its vintage status in the US after Apple first made the device obsolete in most countries back in 2013.

A number of Macs are also switching to obsolete status in June, including: MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid-2009), iMac (20-inch, Mid 2007), and iMac (24-inch, Mid 2007). These will no longer be supported for repair or service in AP/CN/EU/JP/LA/U.S. and all Apple Retail Stores. In addition, a few products lose their vintage status after previously becoming obsolete outside of the US, including MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4GHZ), MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHZ), AirPort Express Base Station, Xserve (Late 2006), and Xserve RAID (SFP, Late 2004).

All of the products above will officially move to their new status on June 9, 2015, and no longer be supported for repair by Apple Stores or authorized resellers, but Apple continues to offer support by phone for AppleCare customers. 

Here’s the full list:

iPhone (Obsolete in AP/CN/EU/JP/LA and Apple Retail stores, vintage in U.S.)

  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3G (China)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3GS (China)

iPhone (Obsolete in AP/CN/EU/JP/LA/U.S. and Apple Retail stores)

  • Original iPhone

Macs (Obsolete in AP/CN/EU/JP/LA/U.S. and Apple Retail stores)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid-2009)
  • iMac (20-inch, Mid 2007)
  • iMac (24-inch, Mid 2007)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHZ)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4GHZ)

Other:

  • AirPort Express Base Station
  • Xserve (Late 2006)
  • Xserve RAID (SFP, Late 2004)

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Jordan Kahn

May 15th

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A Look at the Tefifon, Germany’s Doomed 1950s Music Player 

After World War II, people in the U.S. started buying vinyl and record players more than ever before. But over in West Germany, another music player took off: the Tefifon.

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Kate Knibbs

April 7th

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This Beautiful Vintage Radio Is Actually a Custom Gaming PC

This Beautiful Vintage Radio Is Actually a Custom Gaming PC

In the 1940s, people tuned into regal radios that were as much a piece of furniture as they were a gadget. So when computer designer Jeffrey Stephenson decided to build a small, high-end gaming PC, he took design cues from a popular Canadian radio model, The Addison. Stephenson crafted an intricate paean to old-fashioned radio aesthetics so he could play his favorite modern games. The results are beautiful:

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Kate Knibbs

December 9th

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Samsung acknowledges one Apple invention: there’s an Apple II in its Innovation Museum

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Samsung and Apple may spend rather a lot of time arguing about who invented what in patent trials, but Samsung does at least acknowledge one Apple invention. The Samsung Innovation Museum, opened to mark the 45th anniversary of Samsung Electronics, includes an Apple II, described as “the first home computer.”

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Ben Lovejoy

April 21st

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