I'm looking into acquiring some older Apple hardware and am wondering how long Apple still shipped hardware with installation disks. So when did Apple stop shipping installation disks (or more specifically: did the 2011 and 2012 MacBookPros still ship with disks)?

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Mac OS X 10.7 Lion was released to manufacturing on July 1, 2011 and was the first Mac OS that was not made available on optical media. I believe that the last MBP to ship with optical media were the Early 2011 models which were introduced in February 2011 shipping with Mac OS X 10.6.6 meaning that the Late 2011 MBP introduced October 2011 and shipping with Mac OS X 10.7.2 would have been the first to ship without optical media.

  • gotcha, okay thanks, I'm getting a new-but-used late-2011 MBP next week from the original owner and he said he couldn't find any discs and wasn't sure if they came with them and I didn't know either since I have only early-2011 MBP's.
    – Megatron
    Commented Nov 25, 2018 at 4:48
  • In some cases you could talk Apple Support into providing media. I did that and ended up with a USB key with the OS on it around that time. Apple assumes that everyone has nice fast internet now and doesn't need media. Sigh... Commented Nov 25, 2018 at 13:31
  • I just got the Thunderbolt-to-Thunderbolt cables and just for extra measure mini-DP-to-mini-DP cables and still can't get the 2 MBP's and/or MBA to recognize each other screen-wise nor drive-wise, what am I doing wrong?
    – Megatron
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 18:12

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