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Old Sep 7, 2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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How long do you plan on using your current MBA before upgrading?

That is, how many years do you expect your current MBA to last you before you upgrade? Mine is a 2012 base model (i5, 4 GB RAM) and the earliest I will upgrade will be next refresh but if I could get to the 2015 refresh that would be ideal.
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Old Sep 7, 2013, 06:05 PM   #2
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Hopefully 2016 (when AppleCare runs out). I've had sh***y Windows laptops that have lasted me as long, should be no problem for the Air, this thing is awesome.

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Old Sep 7, 2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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How many years do you expect your current MBA to last you before you upgrade?
At least 5 years (hopefully 7).

Won't upgrade any sooner than that.

Bought a 2013 Haswell for the 12 hour battery life. It should last a long time and even if over the years it starts to drop down into the 4 hour range I have no issue paying for a new battery replacement if it's needed.
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Old Sep 7, 2013, 06:24 PM   #4
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My late 2010 MBA is still going fine. No plans to replace it.
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Old Sep 7, 2013, 06:27 PM   #5
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At least four years, but hopefully longer. With the SSD, it shouldn't get much slower over the years.
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Old Sep 7, 2013, 06:34 PM   #6
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I just replaced my 2011 13" i5/4gb/256gb MBA with a 2013 11" i7/8gb/512gb. I would have waited at least another year, but took the opportunity to upgrade by selling the old machine to a friend at a discount price to replace her POS Windows Netbook.

The only reason I would upgrade in the immediate future would be if a consulting job materializes that requires a lot of video work. Would want something more powerful for that, but would probably keep the MBA as a travel machine.
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Old Sep 7, 2013, 07:05 PM   #7
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As long as it's still working and nothing to spectacular comes out soon.
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Old Sep 7, 2013, 07:23 PM   #8
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I'll keep my 2011 MBA (i5/4 GB/128 GB) probably till 2020 since I 95% do web browsing, Office, iTunes and Skype on this MBA and I can tell you that this way more than enough.
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Old Sep 7, 2013, 07:46 PM   #9
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Till school is over at least...which could be 5-6 years ...but I only time can tell
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Old Sep 7, 2013, 09:45 PM   #10
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Just got my 11" i5/8/256.. planning on keeping this bad boy for at least 3 years.
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Old Sep 7, 2013, 11:24 PM   #11
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Minimum of 5 years. Base model user here.

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Old Sep 7, 2013, 11:28 PM   #12
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Mid 2011 13" maxed out. Minimum of 3 more years. But that's as my Main machine. Will still be used around. Will probably get a desktop then.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 12:16 AM   #13
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I'm on a 2011 i7 11" and I'm sort of tempted by the 2013 models, but not quite enough to upgrade.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 12:26 AM   #14
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I could go five years, but I know I'll be itching for a new one in three. The resale value on these is so good, that I don't expect to shell out too much for a new one in three years.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 12:40 AM   #15
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Probably 2-3years. I got the base 2012 11" model and that 64gb ssd is really really lacking and taking it's toll
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 02:18 PM   #16
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I rarely keep anything for more than a year.

If the speed increase on the newer models isn't noticeable, then I won't upgrade.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 02:51 PM   #17
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I replace my MBA every year. However, I always pass my one year old machine to a family member. So... I typically buy them with a 5-6 year expected lifespan for each computer. I just personally get a new one every year (since I pay).

It is a great way to rationalize a technology addiction. It applies to iPhones, iPads, and iMacs too!

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Old Sep 8, 2013, 02:55 PM   #18
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I replace my MBA every year. However, I always pass my one year old machine to a family member. So... I typically buy them with a 5-6 year expected lifespan for each computer. I just personally get a new one every year (since I pay).

It is a great way to rationalize a technology addiction. It applies to iPhones, iPads, and iMacs too!

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Which MBA spec do you typically pick up? I need to join your family.
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Which MBA spec do you typically pick up? I need to join your family.
I always buy them fully loaded... i7, max memory, max SSD. I want the machine to remain usable over its intended 5-6 year life. I also tend to switch a fair amount between 11" and 13". There are clear advantages of both, and I am often torn on that decision.

My MBA purchases have been:
2009: 13"
2010: 11"
2011: 11"
2012: 13"
2013: 11" & 13"

The reason I bought two this year is because my daughter (college student) accidentally dropped and smashed her 2010 MBA. This happened after I bought my 13" 2013... and water-falled my 2012 MBA. Hence... she got a new one out of cycle. Now I just have to make sure the family doesn't "learn" this behavior as a method for an early upgrade.

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Old Sep 8, 2013, 04:31 PM   #20
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At least 5 years (hopefully 7).

Won't upgrade any sooner than that.

Bought a 2013 Haswell for the 12 hour battery life. It should last a long time and even if over the years it starts to drop down into the 4 hour range I have no issue paying for a new battery replacement if it's needed.
Exactly the same here, thats why I spec'd a higher end system so that it will last me as long as possible.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 05:03 PM   #21
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at least 3-4 years, that being said all the macs that i have are fully functioning still and are being used on a daily basis by me and other family members so....

the thing is you dont really upgrade because you have to with macs (unless you are a power user) you upgrade often because you want to...
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 05:14 PM   #22
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Until the display finally gets IPS (likely) and/or antiglare/matte option (not likely). Otherwise I'll use it until it's on its last leg.
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I just grabbed a 13" 256gb 2013 model. I think I will keep it until AppleCare runs out. I typically don't upgrade often.

I don't have a desktop at the moment, so I left room for myself to get a rMBP in about 2 years if I need some processing power.
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 06:56 PM   #24
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About two years for me which still allows me to sell it for a good value. Sold my base 13" for $700 and used it on new mba 2013 13".
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I always buy them fully loaded... i7, max memory, max SSD. I want the machine to remain usable over its intended 5-6 year life. I also tend to switch a fair amount between 11" and 13". There are clear advantages of both, and I am often torn on that decision.

My MBA purchases have been:
2009: 13"
2010: 11"
2011: 11"
2012: 13"
2013: 11" & 13"

The reason I bought two this year is because my daughter (college student) accidentally dropped and smashed her 2010 MBA. This happened after I bought my 13" 2013... and water-falled my 2012 MBA. Hence... she got a new one out of cycle. Now I just have to make sure the family doesn't "learn" this behavior as a method for an early upgrade.

/Jim
I really like your approach on your MBA purchases. I think I'll follow your lead when I can build up a family like that. Yeah, hopefully the rest does not "learn" from this. I surely have. =)
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