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How long will a MacBook last?

7753 Views 42 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2013 10:57 AM by Napoleon RSS
  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 6:32 PM (in response to Napoleon)

    The 15" standard MBP has a Discrete graphics card just like the Retina models. And Yes All have the Intel HD 4000 graphic also. That is built into the CPU.

     

    The 13" models only have the Intel graphics. For a better reference go to the Store Link at the top of this page and then Macbook Pro and you can see all the different hardware that comes in each model.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,255 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 6:48 PM (in response to Napoleon)

    Retina are not upgradable:

     

      Memory 

    Every MacBook Pro with Retina display comes with 8GB of 1600MHz memory. Please note that the memory is built into the computer, so if you think you may need more memory in the future, it is important to upgrade at the time of purchase.

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      Storage 

    Your MacBook Pro comes standard with 256GB or 512GB of flash storage. Please note that the flash storage is built into the computer, so if you think you may need more storage capacity in the future, it is important to upgrade at the time of purchase.

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  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 7:08 PM (in response to leroydouglas)

    External storage via Thunderbolt is a possibility, and is frequently faster than the internal storage.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 7:18 PM (in response to Shootist007)

    Shootist007 wrote:

     

    It is not implying anything. That is all in your Tiny Little Head.

     

    Good Bye.

    Which takes us back to:

    I would not buy the Retina if you want to keep the system for longer then 3 years.

    So where does this come from?

  • eezacque Calculating status...
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    Feb 25, 2013 2:34 AM (in response to Napoleon)

    The recent generations of MBP were not designed to deal with the heat they are generating under stress, causing premature logic board failures. With Apple looking the other way, repairs are not economical. So, chances are your machine is economically dead after Apple Care expires. I can only pray that the most recent model is an exception to the rule. Time will teach.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 2:35 AM (in response to Napoleon)

    User expectation is high for perfection.  Errors that do crop up are less than 1% of the time.  Yet those show up 80% of the time on these forums.  Save enough to buy AppleCare before your one year anniversary.  And error won't matter until after the machine is three years old if at all, since that is when AppleCare expires.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,700 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 4:54 AM (in response to Napoleon)

    I would only buy a computer with AppleCare...did that with my MacBook Pro and iMac, and the MBP AppleCare was at least double that of the iMac but that is the premium you pay for a portable, more likely to have problems.

     

    The Retina is a fine machine, but be sure to buy one with all the memory you can afford as they cannot be upgraded.  The non-retina MBP can be upgraded.  And I agree with brody, external storage is not only good but a must...you need to have clean backup copies of the operating system and contents just in case things go wrong.  You just never know when a failure will occur, or when you will make a mistake and delete something critical or important.

     

    Go to an Apple store or reseller and spend time with the machines you are considering, get familiar with them so you can make an informed decision.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,700 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 5:46 AM (in response to Napoleon)

    Sounds great, when you go spend enough time to be comfortable with the different machines so you can make an informed decision as to which will best meet your needs.

     

    And don't believe all of the comments about Macs don't last...with care they last a very long time...I still have a Power Mac from the early 1990s that runs very well, just very slow by today's standards.  And only replaced my 2005 iMac last fall because I wanted a larger machine with a current cpu instead of the old G5.  So Macs do last very well if you care for them properly and do not abuse them...but no computer is going to last with abuse

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,700 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 8:11 AM (in response to Napoleon)

    Definitely have fun at the Apple store putting the new MacBook Pros through their paces

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 8:17 AM (in response to Napoleon)

    Napoleon wrote:

     

    But what is the problem with the new retina macbooks?

    None that I am aware of.

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