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How long does a mac book pro last before needing an upgrade?

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GTR_Lover Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Feb 5, 2013 5:39 PM

This will be my first ever first mac been using pc since year 2001 and mac being expensive and I was a kid I didn't have much choice but now I am 18 and I want a mac but the cheapest mac book pro I am not sure if I am getting a mac still but I might be more willing to. +-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive/5430505.p?id=1218646127726&skuId=5430505


I don't like the macbook air because it looks weird from the side view. So how long does that macbook pro the one I posted last before needing an upgrading to the next gen mac laptop because if I need to upgrade ever 2 or 3 years I will not be buying because can't afford to upgrade every time, since I had my pick windows 7 OS pc since 2010 feb and my laptop Windows 7 OS since 2011 also my windows xp since 2001. The only apple thing I is Iphone 4s, used to own an iphone 4 and Ipod 3rd Gen 32GB.

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)

    You will find folks here have MBP's from 2006. Macs last a long time. It really depends upon what it is you want at the time.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Apple typically issues a newer OS X version every year now and one can usually upgrade all Mac's at least 2 times and the more powerful ones 3-4 timesif your lucky.


    If you don't upgrade your denied security updates and new features in about 2 years afterwards of a new release. Also just because Apple says one can upgrade doesn't meant the machine will run as peachy and fast as on the older versions.


    However if Apple switches processors like they did PPC to Intel, then upgrades to newer OS X versions isn't going to happen.


    Third party software also requires upgrades, most are paid.



    If you want more longevity between OS/software/hardware changes, then I suggest a Windows 7 tower as the parts are exchangeable/replaceable and upgradable, also Windows 7 will get security and support until 2020, that's 7 more years (and likely a bit longer if businesses demand it)


    Being a Mac user usually requires a deeper pockets and a willingness to be more at the cutting edge, accepting of lots of change every year and buying hardware more frequently.


    It's not for everyone, especially if your a 3D gamer, a Windows 7 tower is much better as it won't break so often, except form malware and System Restore Disks and Iamges built into Windows 7 will take care of that if you do it before using the machine.



    For example, I have a 2011 Early 17" MacBook Pro, the last of it's kind that came with OS X 10.6, it's only 2 years old.


    Now OS X is at 10.8 and I refuse to upgrade to it's poor interface, so I'm already being denied a more secure and upgraded Safari 6, so I switched to firefox.


    That's life on Mac's, being denied and left behind.

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)

    Gotcha. Well check out these Macs that are compatible with Mountain Lion OS. Everything prior is not exactly "outdated" but cannot be upgraded to this OS.


    • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
    • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
    • Xserve (Early 2009)
    • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
    • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
    • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

    So, is this what you're looking for?


    By the way the MBP you selected is a really nice model and should give you many years of use. I wouldn't purchase it at Best Buy though. Buy through Apple. Check out any educational discounts you may be eligible for.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,415 points)

    Typically you do not want to get more then 2 operating systems behind.


    An example is Leopard 10.5 will not update to Mountain Lion 10.8 directly.


    Operating Systems come out approx every year.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    GTR_Lover wrote:

    How long will it take to get the mac I want outdated before I have to upgrade again?


    We honesty don't know, because Apple is always changing hardware and the operating system.


    You could buy a Mac today and a totally new design comes out next month and you'll not have the lastest hardware feature.


    That's just the way it is.

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,740 points)

    Your question is understandable but rather difficult to answer for a lot of reasons. Apple's refresh cycle has been very quick recently (hardware and software) and some machines were 'orphaned' much earlier than we'd been used to in the past. (Orphaned in the sense that they could not be upgraded to the newest OS version.) Apple has also moved to a yearly OS cycle which could accelerate this. On the other hand, Mac hardware tends to be very robust and if you aren't the kind of person who must keep updated to the newest of everything, a Mac computer could last a very very long time.


    The iMac I bought in 2007 is still in service and running the current OS - whether it will be supported by the next version we have no idea. Still, it is going strong now and while it might die tomorrow there's no reason to think it won't still be perfectly usable (but running older software) 5 years from now. I have no reason to think otherwise since my guest computer is a completely functional 2004 iMac.

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)

    You're looking for some guarantee and crystal ball voodoo. Won't happen.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    GTR_Lover wrote:


    So is a mbp worth it than because I can't afford to buy a new mac every time, I will stick with till it dies just like my laptop which had windows 7.


    Mac laptops last about as long as PC laptops about 3-4 years with almost daily use.


    You can lesson that by using a external keyboard and mouse, keep the keyboard area covered to prevent grime and seldom use the optical drive.


    Windows 7 will get security updates until 2020. OS X 10.8 will likely for only about 3 more years guesstimate or less if you buy it later, buy you can upgrade to the newer couple of OS X versions usually in most cases.


    If you really want longevity, you can't beat a Windows 7 tower also you can upgrade the parts inside, a better video card when you need it.


    My friend has a 12 year old Dell tower with XP he's still using, but now it's finally had it.


    If your tight on money, please don't buy a Mac because Apple's stuff and other things are also expensive, it's like another higher level of costs you might not be able to afford.


    If you squeek into a low end Mac, it's going to be disappointing, your likely better off on $400 PC laptops, Chromebooks etc.

  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,250 points)

    My 2008 silver keyed Macbook Pro can run Mountain Lion (I elected to keep Snow Leopard).  I suspect it will not be able to run the next cat upgrade.














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