Can I still get use out of my 2012 MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by kylera, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. kylera macrumors 65816

    kylera

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    My 2012 MacBook Air (1.8Ghz i5 Ivy Bridge) gave the "service battery" warning, and the technician at a nearby authorized service center said that my battery no longer holds a long-enough charge due to wear and tear. That's all fine and dandy since it is to be expected after near-daily portable use.

    My question now is, can I still get 2-3 years' worth of use out of this model after opting for a new battery? My tasks aren't overly taxing - word processing, making presentations, watching offline or online videos, and I've yet to witness any slowdown despite updating OS X to El Capitan. I don't code and the only games I've played on my Air are the likes of Sudoku or Freecell - very non-intensive.
     
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  3. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    IMNSHO yes, absolutely. Especially if you've been pleased with it until this point.
     
  4. kylera thread starter macrumors 65816

    kylera

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    I'll admit that while the Retina models have been really attractive, I need to save up for more important things at this point, so the best I can do is getting a new battery and hoping I can last for another two or three years.
     
  5. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    Absolutely, no doubt. The 2012s still have plenty of life in them.
     
  6. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    If you like it now I can't see why you wouldn't continue to like it for a few more years. OTOH, battery life increased substantially starting with the 2013 models, approaching twice as long depending on your use. And the 802.11ac wifi is considerably faster, makes quite a difference if you want to access network drives over wifi.

    So you could make a case for upgrading if these things are important to you. I had a 2011 MBA and upgraded in 2013. That was an even bigger step up though because the 2011 MBA still had USB 2.0. But the increased battery life really makes a big difference. And I often copy large files and do screen sharing on my LAN, so the faster wifi is a big plus too.
     

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