imac life expectancy?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by spunklemonkey, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2008
    After buying a second hand imac 20" (late 2006 model) I keep reading a lot of things about them only lasting 3 to 5 years? Although im not sure if this is the g5 model? Althugh I thought they were the same thing?

    how long are they expected to last, roughly? I guess theres no way to tell when it was first purchased but obviously must be late 2006 or after for mine. Its a core duo 2, so are these better reliability wise than the g5 I wonder.

  2. macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....I think when people say "life expectancy" they are usually not referring to the Imac (or any computer) physically dying - they are talking about how long before newer software is not practical to use with the older computer, or is no longer officially supported by newer software. At some point the hardware will no longer be supported - that does not mean it stops working......oh yeah!
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2008
    Well the stuff ive been reading is where the logic board breaks after 3 years, rather than when its out of date. So i was wondering the same thing for this imac about hardware exploding rather than getting out of date? I dont kow I feel like it was very expensive compared to the pc and that if anything breaks on it Im doomed! Hence Im a bit worried!
  4. macrumors G4


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    You shouldn't be. Mac owners have been known to keep their Macs running for 4, 5, even 7 years before replacing them. Yes, hardware does fail, but even if that happens it can usually be replaced.
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2008
    hmm ok, i guess it is a late 2006 model so its got some life left in it hopefully.

    thanks as always
  6. macrumors 6502


    Nov 26, 2008
    Well I currently have an iMac G5 (bought it in November of 2005) and it's doing great so virus..nothing. It also depend on what you are using it for...Intensive usage of the computer could shorten the life time of your iMac...Other than that I think it last quite a long time :)
  7. macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    Cape Town, South Africa
    I have an 800Mhz iMac G4 from 2001, running 10.4.11. It's still going strong:)
  8. macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2006
    Y2K G3 iMac here, humming along running Tiger without any problems. Don't need a new one, but will probably get one next year if new one is released and keep my current one upstairs.
  9. macrumors member

    May 7, 2011
    My refurb G5 is still going strong 3 years after purchase.

    I only replaced my old G3 because the monitor display started to go out of focus
  10. macrumors 65816

    Feb 15, 2011
    That's sweet:)
  11. macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2011
    That is good news lol:D

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