How long do you plan on using your current MBA before upgrading?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by HarryWarden, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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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. :cool:

    (i7/8/256)
     
  3. macrumors 65816

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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.
     
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    Sodner

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    My late 2010 MBA is still going fine. No plans to replace it.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    At least four years, but hopefully longer. With the SSD, it shouldn't get much slower over the years.
     
  6. macrumors 68000

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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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    Doublea6

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    As long as it's still working and nothing to spectacular comes out soon.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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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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    cedwhatev

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    Just got my 11" i5/8/256.. planning on keeping this bad boy for at least 3 years.
     
  11. vicynic, Sep 7, 2013
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    Minimum of 5 years. Base model user here.
     
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    wrinkster22

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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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    Nugget

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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.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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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
     
  16. macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  17. macrumors 68040

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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! ;)

    /Jim
     
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    iAppl3Fan

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    Which MBA spec do you typically pick up? I need to join your family. :D
     
  19. macrumors 68040

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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
     
  20. macrumors 65816

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    Exactly the same here, thats why I spec'd a higher end system so that it will last me as long as possible.
     
  21. macrumors 6502a

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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... :D
     
  22. macrumors newbie

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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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    ob81

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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.
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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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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    iAppl3Fan

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    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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