Are any other Air owners keeping their Air for now instead of upgrading?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jacoblee23, Apr 15, 2015.

  1. Jacoblee23, Apr 15, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2015

    Jacoblee23 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2011
    I have a 2014 13" Air. I'll be keeping it for now. This is my first Mac. Realistically how long can this last me before I see major slowdown and etc? I'm holding out getting a new MacBook with retina until they get a bigger screen. 12" isn't big enough for me. Is anyone else keeping theirs for now as their primary machine?
  2. legioxi macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2013
    Depends on what you use it for.

    Email, internet, printing, office apps... 3+ years easily.
  3. Mac-lover3 macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2014
    Indeed depends on what you are doing on your Mac but Word, Excel, Safari, iTunes, iMovie, Photos will be good for 4-5 years.
  4. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    Depends on how much RAM it has and what you do with it. Web browsing, email, iTunes, and office on an 8 GB machine could easily last you 5 years without slowdown.
  5. Jacoblee23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2011
    I only have the 128gb 4gb model but it's very snappy. I need it to last me through graduate school the next two years mainly.
  6. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    I'm sure it'll last two years doing the tasks I described just fine.
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Personally I never buy version 1.0 of anything.

    I only bought the Air after it had dropped below that magic $1,000. What money grow on trees? ;)
  8. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I will be keeping my 2013 11" i7/8gb/512gb for several more years. It's my primary computer and does everything I need, including powerful software like Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro.

    The new MacBook would be a fun toy, but just couldn't take the place of my MBA.
  9. bingeciren macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2011
    I'm keeping my 2012 11" i7 2.0Ghz/8gb/256gb Air and have no desire to downgrade to rMB just for the sake of the retina display.
  10. asoksevil macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Not upgrading either, my 2010 MBA just works fine for all the tasks I through at it.
  11. Strangerjames macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
  12. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I have a 2011 MBA and it's still running very well - no complaints. If Apple phases out MBA due to new MB, I may upgrade later this year. I'll wait for definitive news on it.
  13. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    My 2006 MBP ran me through university, and I am still using it. So you should be fine for a couple of months I guess.
  14. Yamrider macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2014
    I purposely waited until after the rMB was announced and then bought a re-furbed base model Macbook Air 11" for just over half the price of the rMB. I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and couldn't be happier with it. I can see it being in use with me for a good fews years yet. Looking forward to seeing the development & customer feedback on the new rMB over the next few years. I'll end up with one, one day I'm sure.
  15. jimmirehman macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    i have the first rev of the unibody Macbook Air from Late 2010. Havent found a reason to upgrade yet.
  16. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
  17. Jacoblee23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2011
    How is it running now?
  18. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I am for sure. It is only a few months old but I bought it MAXed out 13" and it has PORTS! Also a SD card reader is darn nice in the field. I am also not going below a 13", prefer a 14-15" but things get big again.

    My neighbor brought his new Macbook over last night so I could help him install his software. I saw way too much "spinning ball" when the Macbook started throttling. The device got way hotter than I like and just got plain slow after it heated up.

    Not giving up my MBAir anytime soon. I still think it is a little early with todays CPUs to go fanless!
  19. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    Going from non-Retina to Retina is an upgrade.
  20. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Yes, the screen is an upgrade.
  21. Marhowl macrumors member


    Apr 12, 2013
    Until recently, I have owned a 11" Macbook air from 2011. Just 2GB of ram but 256GB ssd. It was fine for travelling, and it did what I wanted it to do on those travels. I justified it to myself, that I don't need a "powerful" Macbook of any kind when I have quite powerful Mac Pro where I'm willing to invest even more in order to make it more powerful

    However, I have owned a 2012 13" version with i5, 8GB ram and 256GB SSD and also a 2013 model with same specs. The 2013 model just flied compared to the 2012 it was amazing, and I bet anyone using it right shouldn't have any smart reason to upgrade to 2014 or even 2015 model unless they don't know what to do with their money.

    It was also mentioned, that the 2012 model would see only 3 more years of support of something. I would actually bet on 4-5 years, since there are even older mac models out there which still support installing Yosemite on them, such as the 2007 iMac, Early 2008 Macbook Pros and even the late 2008 Macbook air
  22. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California
    2011 MBA (and 2009 iMac) here and they run Yosemite and applications just fine. In fact, both also run Win7 (VMFusion) with no appreciable performance hit on my typical workflow. I don't see a need to upgrade at this time.
  23. dmitrivich macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2014
    I'm happy with my 2014 Air. I thought I might end up being disappointed, but I needed a computer when I needed it and was unsure what/when was coming. Glad now I got what I did.

    I do care about the ports. I don't often use them, but my laptop is my only computer (and I intend to keep it that way), and my preferred method for buying music is getting the CDs, ripping them to FLAC files and then storing the CDs. It could be done with one port, but only intermittently.

    I figure by the time my Air starts to get obsolete, they will have perhaps come up with a solution for the MB that doesn't involve a $79 dongle (and have a 13-14" version, I hope), or at any rate, the Pro will have had a redesign which puts it in the size/weight class of the current air. Then I would just get the Pro.
  24. torana355 macrumors 68030

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    Well im on a 2011 MBA and no slowdowns yet. The only thing wrong with it is bad battery life which it had from new.
  25. flur macrumors 68000

    Nov 12, 2012
    This is me also. It's a great machine and still going strong.

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