Every Apple product I own is now out of date

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by johneaston, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. johneaston macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2010
    Admittedly, I guess I'm just sounding-off, and maybe it says a lot more about me than it does about Apple, but I'm the sort of person that likes to have the latest/newest electrical kit.

    But, with Apple, all my stuff is now 'old' and I really see no reason to update it. A few years ago Apple was really at the forefront but today, they're in the same place. Nothing has really advanced (apart from becoming a little thinnner/quicker/lighter).

    My MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad, iPod Nano, iWork, OSX, Apple TV, Airport Extreme have ALL been superseded and I see no point in updating them.
  2. v66jack macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    London, UK
    Yes it's easy to get sucked into the apple fan boy world of must having the latest apple tech.

    But the fact is that the old stuff works just as well as the newer stuff, with only a few modifications. It's why old apple tech fetches such a good resale value compared with other similar products.

    And as for apple not moving forward, I presume they work like all other companies. In that they have a bunch of products developed and then release them when competitors are getting a bit too threatening. So until sone other companies start bringing good competion for apples devices I don't think that we wil see an awful lot of 'moving forward' in term of what's being released.
  3. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Both of my Apple computers are over 3 years old and still going strong. While I do drool over the new iMacs and MBPs, I won't replace my current equipment until I have to.
  4. bengal1022 macrumors newbie


    Feb 16, 2009
    Metropolitan Washington DC Area
    Apple is leading edge. Most other companies are reactionary, and left in a precRious situation trying to rush a product to market, that is usually cones "I___ killer". If you recall, Apple changed their philosophy a few years ago when they changed their Name to Apple, Inc. They don't develop products we think we need; they develop products that we didn't know we needed until they convinced us of it.

    I love Apple. In fact, as indicated in a previous post, their products have high resale values, which is why I made a profit when I bought a new iPhone 4, by selling my old 3GS on eBay for $420.
  5. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    Yes, I hate it when all my old Apple stuff just stops working the minute they release a newer version.
  6. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Yeah, man. Hate it how I'd come on MacRumors, see the new model of my current Mac, then alluva sudden the screen goes gray, and it says "Your computer is now obsolete. Please visit your nearest Apple Store or www.apple.com/store to purchase a new Mac. Don't worry, all of your data are safe, just use the Migration Assistant to transfer your data to your new Mac," in multiple languages.
  7. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    Don't sweat it ... as long as your gear is getting what you need done ... you are doing fine.

    Think of the people in the same boat running Windows :cool:
  8. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I'd say! When the new MBPs came out I was so blinded by them I wanted to get a new 13" MBP even though my old Core2Duo one is only 1.5 years old, preforms almost perfectly and has nothing wrong with it :eek: Plus I have an i3 iMac for the more intense stuff...

    However before I could buy it I came to my senses (oh, and the same thing happened when the iPad2 was released).
  9. steve2112, Mar 5, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011

    steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    Seeing how some people around here act when something is updated, I think this is a fairly common thing. Must be some kind of secret code in MR or something.

    When the Macbook Pros got revised this time, I thought about getting a new one, but then I decided to wait until the next revision. Just like I have done for oh, the past 10 or so revisions.
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    I think it is more the fact that higher powered technology isn't advancing as fast as it used to, hence the focus on mobile devices from pretty much all of the tech companies. Apple aren't the only ones who have been releasing what would have been seen as a half arsed upgrade to a product line a few years ago.

    The only difference between Apple and others in this respect is that Apple tends to drop support for products long before anyone else would. If you're happy though and are still able to do what you want to do on you're products, there is no reason to upgrade.
  11. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
    Running a 5 year old Mac Pro as my main machine.

    Looking at buying a Cube.
  12. GoKyu macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2007
    New Orleans
    Running a 2008 Mac Pro that does everything I could want it to do. I may try to sell it in another year or so and get a decent downpayment on a newer Mac Pro :)

    My "mobile" device is the iPad, but I *will* be upgrading to the new one for the better performance...this is a want, not a need :)
  13. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    I have a 1,1 Mac Pro as my main machine. Has been ultra reliable and a work horse. Still a quick machine.
  14. Heilage macrumors 68030


    May 1, 2009
    Every tech product is "out of date" whenever something new comes along. Stop complaining and move on. :)
  15. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    In the wider sense, new tech is outdated even while something newer is on the design board. Which is even before the so-called "new" tech hits the shelves. I know that my 2010 Air is outdated already in that sense, but that's ok with me.
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Does it still do what you need them to do? If so, don't sweat it.

    My MBP and now iPad are "old" yet I see no reason to upgrade to the latest and greatest. In fact I don't see myself upgrading my laptop for a few more revisions. I can't say about the iPad, I'll have to wait and see as apple upgrades it and measure that against my needs.
  17. Doc750 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2010
    I kept my MBP 17, b/c it is my workhorse, and I wouldn't want to spend that much again every year.

    But iphone, Ipad, ipod ... I just resell the old stuff and it pretty much pays for the new stuff.
  18. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    Just because things are out of date it doesn't mean that those things are any less useful. In fact older tech if looked after can last a long time and can be still going strong even after three, four or five plus years.
  19. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    $ grep ^model\ name /proc/cpuinfo 
    model name	: Pentium II (Deschutes)
    Plus years is right. Deschutes is an Intel code name that even Eidorian probably doesn't remember. My CPU was the first using the new 25 micrometer process. That's right, not nano!
  20. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Your head is stuck in specs and numbers.

    Lift yourself out of it and start enjoying the experience itself.

    Then, bliss.
  21. MrSmith macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
  22. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I hear ya, my MBP is going on 5 years now, and while I want a new one with a battery life that's > 2 hours with screen brightness up, I don't do anything that this mac can't do...

    Every time there's a refresh, I ask myself "Is upgrading to a 7 hour battery worth $2000?"
  23. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Yup me too. I have no complaints what so ever from this beast. Does everything I need and then some! Absolutely love it!

    And sadly I will be doing the same for my iPad..... :)
  24. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    Erm, okay, I'll take your word for it I guess. I don't really understand.
  25. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Translation: "My computer is really old!" :p

    I remember the days when the first Pentium chip was about to be released. I even sent away for a poster from intel with a picture of the chip and lots of technobabble about how advanced it was going to be, with superscalar architecture and dual pipelines. That poster hung in my room for many years.

    Anyway, yes, it's always a tiny bit heartbreaking when Apple announces the new iPad or iPhone or iMac or MacBook Pro and you realize yours has just become that much more obsolete. On the other hand, it's also nice to see just how long the machines hold up. My MacBook Pro is a mid-2007 model and although it is tempting to jump to a newer model, there is no technical need to. Mine's still plenty fast for everything I need it to do, and I expect it to serve me well for another few years at least.

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