From time to time, the Apple Upgrades its extensive list of classic and obsolete products, ie those that have not been manufactured for over five / seven years. This means that Apple and Apple Authorized Service Centers (CSAAs) are no longer required to provide hardware or parts repair services for such devices except in the state of California and Turkey, where repair of products under seven years required by law.
Now the first MacBook Pro with Retina display, released in 2012, joined this list. Introduced just over seven years ago, the 15 ? Retina display model was a success, both for its display technology and slimmer design compared to other models.
From 2012 to 2015, the external features of MacBooks Pro have not changed and some users still prefer the computers of this time (because of their connectivity; a pair of Thunderbolt and USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a slot SD card and a MagSafe power adapter).
As of 2016, MacBook Pro features have been updated to include two or four ports (depending on model) Thunderbolt 3. On the one hand, this is innovative; on the other, reduced practicality. Regardless of the reason for removing these ports, the fact that users of newer models must purchase adapters and accessories is part to connect the notebook to external devices.
The latest MacBook Pro from the "old" version, released in 2015, still sold by Apple from $ 15,000 (Intel Core i7 processor quad core GHz, 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD).
Regarding the 2012 model, added to the classic product list, Apple support can help with some macOS related issues and still able to troubleshoot software issues if needed. Check out the updated list (English; not yet updated) of Ma products that have been classified as classic or obsolete.
Update by Rafael Fischmann 07/18/2018 09:10
Apple has informed its stores and Authorized Service Centers that it has made a mistake and that the 15-inch Retina display MacBook Pro (mid-2012) will only become classic /vintage in day December 31, 2018.