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StrollerEd

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I bought a 16" MBP M1max with [32gb RAM & 1Tb storage].

Did you? And what would prompt you to upgrade?

Personally, I'm very content.
 
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pshufd

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Oct 24, 2013
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I got the M1 Pro MacBook Pro 32/1 and it more than meets my needs and also meets my wants. I used my 2015 MacBook Pro until 2021 and I used my 2008 MacBook Pro until 2014. So 5-6 years is normal for me. I suspect that the M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pro machines will last longer than the older Intel Macs because they generate much less heat. These laptops also seem to be built like tanks.
 
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posguy99

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Nov 3, 2004
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I'm planning on keeping mine until it no longer does what I want in the way I want it done. It's not like you can pick a calendar date.
 
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macphoto861

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Same config, bought on release day (October 2021). I feel absolutely no pressure to upgrade. When I had the prior model (i9), the heat and noise were noticeable and problematic, but no such issues with the M1 Max, it's a joy to use. I can easily see myself using this computer for another 2-3 years.
 

temende

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Oct 28, 2021
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About a year or two after it stops receiving major macOS updates. So hopefully 6-8 years.
 

barkomatic

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Aug 8, 2008
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Probably 4 and a half more years unless some new feature comes out that I could really use. Judging by the slow pace of development these days, I don't think that will happen.
 

leifp

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Feb 8, 2008
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The hardware exceeds my needs for now. My next update will be connectivity determined: multiple 8K monitor support via DP, thus Thunderbolt 5 (or whatever they will call the asynchronous 120/40 Mbps standard). And I have no need for that before monitors that offer it exist. 40” 8K… preferably uLED (microLED, not the marketing term for a crap monitor vendor).

Or when the most recent macOS will not run on it. I’d guess that this time 8K will arrive first… (since the M2Pro+ series already support 8K via HDMI 2.1)
 
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StrollerEd

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Doesn't the M1 Max start at 32gb of RAM? I wouldn't be content if it was only 16gb either ;-)
True - I've just checked, I have 32gb & so will edit.
Bought my M1 MBP in 2020, probably will keep using until 2026. I still use my Early 2015 MBP.
I cascaded my mid-2015 15" MBP to a daughter who now happily uses it as her main m/c.
 
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StrollerEd

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Thanks for all the replies.

From a tech pov, the processing and RAM are ample for my purposes, even for the occasional big sums and transformations I do. The screen size and performance are superb, and the keyboard and trackpad are just right.

Battery is now 88% on a Cycle Count of 327, which I worry about, as I don't recall being that low on the 2015 MBP. I'm half-full on the 1Tb of storage, so I might have a spring-clean as I know that will fill up over the duration.

Of course, the longevity of the M1max chip is not yet known, and as mentioned Apple will eventually decide that it will not support their latest o/s upgrade. The other unknown is the 'must-have' technology advance.

I had clung to my mid-2015 15" MBP for a while and still recall the excitement in the run up to the announcement, purchase and then arrival of this 16" beast. At that time, I delighted in the keyboard but wondered whether I had splashed too much cash going for the M1max. However, it has replaced my need of a desktop m/c and I have the sense that this will continue to make me happy for at least 3 to 5 more years.

My only itch is the weight. At one time I thought that I could use an iPadPro for travel, also minimising the risk of loss of my main workhouse. But even with keyboard I did not enjoy the haptics - nor the added weight. My use of that is now very occasional. (I confess that I am keeping an eye on the much lighter MBA with its M+ processor for travel use.)
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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As long as it works, and does what I want it too, I don't see why I would need too replace it. My last MBP was a 2012 MBP and that lasted me a solid 7 years.
 
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temende

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Oct 28, 2021
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As long as it works, and does what I want it too, I don't see why I would need too replace it. My last MBP was a 2012 MBP and that lasted me a solid 7 years.
Just wondering, what broke after 7 years?
 

tripleburst

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Sep 19, 2018
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My only itch is the weight. At one time I thought that I could use an iPadPro for travel, also minimising the risk of loss of my main workhouse. But even with keyboard I did not enjoy the haptics - nor the added weight. My use of that is now very occasional. (I confess that I am keeping an eye on the much lighter MBA with its M+ processor for travel use.)
This is mine as well. I'm sure we'll get to a point where the Air will be as capable as the current Pro's. That's probably when I'll switch and go lighter.
 

Nbd1790

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Jan 2, 2017
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Probably in the 5 year range. Went with the 14 in the same configuration with 2tb SSD. Upgraded from a 2015 MBP which was my main unit until 2021. If I had to guess, these machines will age even better than the Intel models did. So far it's been able to deal with everything I do on a daily basis and couldn't be happier with the purchase.
 

arefbe

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Sep 11, 2010
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I kept my mid-2015 MacBook Pro 15" for 7 years before giving it to my brother. At least that long for my 2021 MacBook Pro 14".
 
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Chrysalis99

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Nov 14, 2021
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I have the same config except 2TB and no thought whatsoever of having to replace it. I made the painful jump to Pro Logic for my audio work after 25 years on various Windows DAW’s. With my requirements I can’t see the upgrade need for quite a few more years. I’m discovering more of Logic’s capabilities every day and no matter what I throw at it or how intensive it is this machine eats it alive. The best part…I always feel like there is more overhead which is very reassuring. I’m thinking 5 years as a best guess for need. For want, maybe 3 years.
 

gpat

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Mar 1, 2011
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I could keep it until 2027, but I'll most likely give in to the impulse of reselling it when the M3 comes out.
 
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