A new definition of ‘vintage’

Apparently the laptop on which I write this post is ‘vintage’. Perhaps I should explain.

The machine in question is a MacBook Air with an eleven-inch screen purchased in Singapore in 2014. So eight years ago. It has served me faithfully and reliably all that time, in the process surviving numerous operating system and software upgrades which, I suspect, might have brought similarly updated Windows machines to their knees.

But now, after all that faithful service, the battery is showing signs of giving up the ghost…

So I chatted with an Apple person on-line and they told me that parts for my machine had ceased to be made about five years ago. I was informed that my laptop was ‘vintage’. Just to double-check, I went into my local Apple store this morning and received the exact same answer – with the exact same word. ‘Vintage’.

I wonder when it will become an ‘antique’..?

Not that I should be surprised. As technology evolves ever-more quickly, the gaps between ‘ages’ must surely shorten – and when they do, the meaning of words (in those specific contexts) come to mean something else too. It must also be true for other words in other aspects of life, perhaps especially the social. Fashion revolves faster; ‘old’, ‘vintage’ and ‘antique’ creep up on us ever more quickly – especially as the lifespan of the ‘new’ increasingly shortens.

I daresay I’ll stump up the mega-bucks required and invest in a new machine at some point – but for now maybe I’ll just enjoy the notion of working with something whose ‘vintage’ is probably comparable in many ways to my own…

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