How long do you keep your macbook pro for?

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  1. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    I bought my 2017 macbook pro with touch bar october 2017 and plan to keep it for at least next 5-6 years. Only only products i don't upgrade every year is my apple TV which does what it needs to do so won't upgrade until it stops working. Same with my macbook pro. Does upgrading more often more of a need for you?
     
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  3. Farrellcollie macrumors 6502

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    Until it stops serving its purpose. I am typing this on a 2014 macbook pro 15 in. and my niece is using my 2012 13 inch (I upgraded for the bigger screen).
     
  4. bumeister macrumors newbie

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    My 2011 15" MBP, purchased new in April, 2011, just died for good this past Monday, so that's right at 7 years. Upgrading the RAM to 16g and swapping the mechanical drive for an SSD a few years ago definitely helped extend its lifespan.

    I have no expectation that its replacement will last 7 years, though. If I can get 4+ out of it, I'll be thrilled.
     
  5. andreyush macrumors 6502

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    I’m still using a late 2008 aluminum macbook. It’s showing it’s age, but I dint have a need for a new one.
     
  7. mroy16 macrumors regular

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    I started with a 2011 15" MBP. When the 2016's came out, I invested in a 2016 13", since I carry it back and forth daily. The 2011 was showing its age, so I swapped out the HDD for an SSD and kept it docked at home. It was great, but the logic board crapped out (second time) and Apple will no longer service it, so it's fully dead after 6 years. My 2016 is a baseline model, so I'd be quite pleased to pull 6 years out of it. I'd like to get a desktop at home before then, which might help stretch the lifetime a bit longer.
     
  8. Ghokun macrumors newbie

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    2014 mid 13" base model with 16gb of ram and 128 ssd. Battery cycle shows 195 and health %92-3~. The only regret is the SSD. If I find a cheap replacement used ssd (512GB-1TB) I will consider upgrade. I have paired it with a 1080p monitor and magic keyboard-mouse set. It still runs so silent and cool.
     
  9. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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  10. anyjungleinguy macrumors regular

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    I have a non-retina 13" mid-2012 MacBook Pro. At the end of 2016, I installed a 1TB SSD and increased the RAM to 16GB.

    If it develops a problem, I'll have to compare the repair costs with upgrading to a 15".

    Either way, I'll keep it until dies.

    What failed in it?
     
  11. duervo macrumors 68020

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    Till it either dies, or the new one has a feature I need. No features that I “need” have come out in the past 6 or 7 years. ‘Want” is a different story. Maybe 2018 will be different, but I kinda doubt it.
     
  12. ratapampam macrumors newbie

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    The keyboard will need to be replaced multiple times in those 5-6 years. :D
     
  13. Kcetech1 macrumors regular

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    I replace it anytime between a week after buying it and 6 mos before AC running out.
     
  14. itegypt macrumors 6502a

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    2011+2013 MBPs both running strong. No plans to get rid of either until they are irreparably broken.
     
  16. richinaus macrumors 6502a

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    every year - treat them like a rental.
    Basically works out at about the cost of a coffee a day.
    not bad seeing they earn me money.
     
  17. leman macrumors G3

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    In general every 3 years, once the warranty runs out.
     
  18. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    7 years and 1 month so far on my current Early 2011.
     
  19. tarsins macrumors 6502a

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    Unless a newer model has a new feature I need or, more realistically, want then 2-3 years.
     
  20. bumeister macrumors newbie

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    Logic board, for the second time. First time it was fixed under the "quality program," but the early 2011 MBPs are officially end of support, so if I wanted to get it fixed I'd have to have used a third party shop. I just decided after seven years and two failed logic boards, it was time to let it go.
     
  21. BenTrovato macrumors 68030

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    You could keep them longer in the past. I find the newer models are too expensive to repair so keeping them longer than the warranty period isn't the necessarily the smartest move but depending how it goes it could work for you.
     
  22. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

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    Till they fix the damn keyboard and put 6 cores in the 15" MBP.

    Else I just keep using my 15" 2013 Haswell MBP which is still just as fast as the 2017 15" MBP.
     
  23. mic j macrumors 68030

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    I update when I can't run critical software anymore because the Mac is too old and I can't update the OSX. Or...they add some must have hardware that is so cool and useful I simply must have it. Come to think of it, it's been a long time since that has happened.

    I got 9 years out of my 17" MBP and would have loved to continue using indefinitely but could not update the OSX and therefore could not update my critical apps. It was working just fine after replacing the HDD with an SSD.
     
  24. EugW macrumors 603

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    1. Got a 2009 MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz with 2 GB and HD. Still have it, but I put an SSD and 4 GB RAM in it, and then to 8 GB RAM. It's a secondary laptop now.

    2. Bought a 2008 MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz in 2017, and use it in the kitchen, after upgrading to SSD and 8 GB RAM. Typing on it right now. (Actually, I had upgraded just to 4 GB RAM since I had 4 GB lying around unused from the above MBP, but I lucked out on a sale of brand new 8 GB Transcend RAM for US$35, so I jumped on that.)

    3. Bought a 2017 MacBook Core m3. Since I can't upgrade it, I got it with 16 GB RAM.

    All machines are in my sig. All are running High Sierra. In fact, I bought the 2008 MacBook last year because I knew I could put High Sierra on it.
     

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