Update July 2022, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Buyers guide.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 8:12 PM

Update, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Buyers guide July 2022



Buyers guide MacBook Pro’s and MacBook Air's

Note, 

2015/16, MacBook Pro..Maximum macOS Monterey 12

2015/17, MacBook Air...Maximum macOS Monterey 12

2015/16, MacBook 12"...Maximum macOS Monterey 12


Quick guide

A1502 2015 

A1708 NO

A1706 NO

A1989 NO

A2159 NO

A2289 Yes

A2251 Yes

A2338 M1, M2 Yes

A2442 M1 Pro,Max Yes

A1398 2015 

A1707 NO

A1990 NO

A2141 NO

A2485 M1 Pro,Max Yes

A1466 2015,2017 

A1932 NO

A2179 NO

A2337 M1 Yes

A1534 NO


MacBook Pro 13” Retina, Intel, 

A1502, 2015 13” Retina Very Good, Tried and tested, Maximum macOS Monterey 12

SSD/Flash drives upgrades to new or larger capacity only


MacBook Pro 13” Retina, Intel

A1708, A1706, 2016 13”  Avoid Screen & Keyboard issue, Maximum macOS Monterey 12

A1708, A1706, 2017 13” Avoid Screen & Keyboard issue

A1989, 2018 13” Good screen, OK but they still have potential Keyboard  issues

A2159, A1989, 2019 13” Good screen, OK but they still have potential Keyboard issues

New report, Possible Touch Bar issues

No hardware upgrades after purchase,

Prices are depreciating fast



MacBook Pro 13” Retina, Intel

A2289, 2020 13” Retina, Good  New keyboard, New Screen, 

New report, Possible Touch Bar issues

No hardware upgrades after purchase,

Prices are depreciating fast



MacBook Pro 13” Retina, Intel

A2251, 2020 13” Retina Very Good New keyboard, New Screen,

Purchase used

New report, Possible Touch Bar issues

No hardware upgrades after purchase,

Prices are depreciating fast



MacBook Pro 13” Retina M1, M2

A2338, Late 2020, Apple silicon M1 chip, 13” MacBook Pro, 

A2338, Mid  2022, Apple silicon M2 chip, 13” MacBook Pro, 

No hardware upgrades after purchase, 

M1 Purchase used 

M2 Purchase New from Apple with the Apple care+ Recommended minimal spec 512GB flash drive, 8GB of Memory






MacBook Pro 14” Retina M1 Pro, Max

A2442, Good, 2021, New MacBook Pro 14” M1 Pro up to 32GB Memory

A2442, Good, 2021, New MacBook Pro 14” M1 Max up to 64GB Memory

No hardware upgrades after purchase

Purchase New with the Apple care+

Refurbished now available



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MacBook Pro 15” Retina, Intel, 

A1398, 2015 15” Retina Very Good Tried and tested, Maximum macOS Monterey 12

SSD/Flash drives upgrades to new or larger capacity only


MacBook Pro 15” Retina, Intel

A1707, 2016, 15” Retina Avoid Screen & Keyboard issue,Maximum macOS Monterey 12

A1707, 2017,  15” Retina Avoid Screen & Keyboard issue, 

A1990, 2018, 15” Retina Good screen, OK but they still have potential Keyboard issues,

A1990, 2019, 15” Retina Good screen, OK but they still have potential Keyboard issues updated but still on the recal list? , T2 Kernal panics)

New report, Possible Touch Bar issues, 2019 Logic board fails for no reason

No hardware upgrades after purchase,

Prices are depreciating fast



MacBook Pro 16” Retina, Intel

A2141, 2019 16” Retina Avoid, New keyboard and Screen

 i7, Better, 

 i9 Thermal throttling, Update GPU Panics, i9 Hot & Noisy Fan running external monitors, Don’t buy a laptop to do desktop work, 

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/16-mbp-gpu-panics.2221004/

New report, Possible Touch Bar issues, 2019 Logic board fails for no reason.

No hardware upgrades after purchase,

Prices are depreciating fast



MacBook Pro Retina 16” M1 Pro, Max

A2485, Good, 2021, New MacBook Pro 16” M1 Pro up to 32GB of Memory

A2485, Good, 2021, New MacBook Pro 16” M1 Max up to 64GB of Memory

No hardware upgrades after purchase

Purchase New with the Apple care+

Refurbished now available




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MacBook Air 13, Intel, 

A1466, 2015 8GB Memory Good, Maximum macOS Monterey 12

A1466, 2017 8GB Memory Very Good, Maximum macOS Monterey 12

SSD/Flash drives upgrades to new or larger capacity only


MacBook Air 13” Retina, Intel

A1932, 2018 Avoid Logic board issuekeyboard issue, 

No hardware upgrades after purchase, 

New report LCD’s very thin and break easily.

Prices are depreciating fast


A1932, 2019 Avoid keyboard issue, 

No hardware upgrades after purchase, 

New report LCD’s very thin and break easily.

Prices are depreciating fast


A2179, Early 2020 Avoid, New Keyboard, Not true i5 or i7 processors,  Thermal throttling, 

No hardware upgrades after purchase

New report LCD’s very thin and break easily.

Prices are depreciating fast



MacBook Air 13” Retina M1

A2337, Late 2020, Apple silicon M1 chip, 13” MacBook Air, 

No hardware upgrades after purchase

New report LCD’s very thin and can break easily.

Purchase new or used


MacBook Air 13” Retina M2

A2???, Mid  2022, Apple silicon M2 chip, 13” MacBook Air,

No hardware upgrades after purchase,

Purchase new from Apple with the Apple care+, Recommended minimal spec 512GB flash drive, 8GB of Memory

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12” MacBook Retina, Intel

A1534, 2015 Avoid, Logic board issues, Keyboard issues, Maximum macOS Monterey 12

A1534, 2016 Avoid Logic board issues, Keyboard issues, Maximum macOS Monterey 12

A1543, 2017 Avoid Logic board issues, Keyboard issues

No hardware upgrades after purchase,

Prices are depreciating fast




Apple Recalls on the links below


13-inch MacBook Pro Display Backlight Service Program


Keyboard Service Program for MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro


13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Solid-State Drive Service Program


Keyboard Service Program for MacBook and MacBook Pro


13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Battery Replacement Program