How long do you plan to keep your macbook pro or powerbook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by shreyam, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. shreyam macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2008
    Hey guys,

    I thought it would be interesting to see how long your going to keep your macbook pro?

    I know there's a similar thread in the macbook air section, but it would be interesting to compare the various opinions from this post and the other one. Let me know your opinions.

  2. thebassoonist macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    Davis, CA
    I hope that it will keep working for 8 more years!

    *cross fingers*
  3. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    I am going to keep this one until a major redesign is done or the macbook air gets a few more ports back.

    I have a third generation MBP. I try to go three+ years per machine, but this one will probably be a bit quicker because my job will be buying my next one for me.
  4. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    Nice. I've got a Macbook, and am aiming for 7 years, or 84 months. 7 down, 77 to go.
  5. Akira1980 macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2007
    San Diego
    It has been a year, planning to keep it for another two years. So three years total. I only keep it until Applecare runs out.
  6. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I'm trying to squeeze out one more year out of my beloved 12" PB. It depends on what's out when I start looking as to whether I buy a new MB or a MBP.
  7. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Till Nehalem is released then it's goodbye MBP hello Mac Pro
  8. gusious macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2007
  9. zflauaus macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2004
    I just got mine today (love it!) and will keep it for probably three years or so. Possibly longer. I may get additional Macs, but won't replace this anytime soon.
  10. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
    Until AppleCare runs out or until Blu-Ray becomes standard in  machines... whichever of the two comes first
  11. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    hey didnt I start this thread asking this exact same question just a couple weeks ago?!? I guess all mac people think alike!

    I'm going to keep my mbp until it dies.
  12. shreyam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2008
    just curious, but if a macbook air update came out before a macbook pro update(I know it sounds unlikely, but who knows what stevie is cooking up), wuld you trade in your current macbook pro if the macbook air had more ports, larger storage, more ram, etc.?
  13. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    The norm is usually until they die or I need a feature only available on new hardware.

    My desktop Mac is 6 plus years old. My old laptop is 4.5 years and I only upgraded to a MBP because I needed to run Windows in addition to the Mac OS.
  14. rlm22b macrumors member


    Mar 8, 2008
    I plan to keep it forever, it'll probably be my main machine, though, for 3 to 4 years.
  15. mynameisshawn macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2008
    I used my old crappy Dell for 5-6 years, that Dell had a video card, power supply, monitor, and ethernet port die on me.
    I plan on using my MBP for at least 4 years or until I get out of college, whereupon if my financial situation permits I will buy a new computer, probably a Mac desktop.
  16. newbie jnr macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2008
    Hoping it will last until at least the end of my degree (3.5 more years).

    It's likely that i'll keep it until it dies, or can't keep up with my needs.
  17. shreyam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2008
    That's interesting, from all of your opinions so far, I can assume that most of you love your macbook pro's for a long time. That's good to see. I think apple would be really pleased having such an awesome customer base.;)
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I usually keep a computer until the point where I start getting frustrated with its lack of performance, then replace it before I'm tempted to throw it through a window. That used to be, on average, about once ever year-to-18-months, when I was buying Dell notebooks. In recent years, that has extended to between 2 and 3 years, since I'm not doing as much heavy-duty database design and administration work. I expect I'll keep this MBP for 3 years or so, but will probably buy another to add to it within the next year.
  19. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    New York City
    Wow, I'm a little surprised by the lack of must-have-it gearheads here.

    I'll be totally honest and say 3 to 6 months, usually. That's the cycle I've been on for the past 2 years (have had 9; and at least one from every refresh).

    In all, it has cost me almost nothing to constantly upgrade. I buy with the education discount brand new sell and sell at a loss of around $100 all things considered. I'm a very heavy user and no current macbook pro is fast enough for me so I eagerly await the next model.
  20. cwedl macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2003
    I normally keep my Macs for about 3 years, unfortunately I normally replace them every 2 -3 years but i have to make my macbook pro last after buying a house etc I have to try and be more sensible with money.
  21. RealaT macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2008
    I'll be keeping mine for at least 3 years since I invested in applecare for it.

    I think though that i'll have it for a lot longer than that though. Computers don't seem to be making the leaps and bounds that they were ten years ago and i'm sure that it will remain more than capable for many years to come.
  22. alexm13 macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    i've been rockin' my 12" powerbook since 04' its still running strong! I think it will be time to get a mbp either next year or next update. which ever comes first. :)
  23. bern1812 macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2008
    I plan to keep it 4 years through college then probably hand it down to my mom to introduce her to the wonderful world of mac.
  24. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Currently it's about 12mths old. Still working like it's brand new!
    Cosmetically it's perfect, kept every scratch of the case by using some BodyFilm and a Wrist Matt, only place showing signs of wear is the keyboard.

    However, i'm planning on upgrading to the hi-res 17" MBP in the next twelve months - the lovely 15" display is getting a little cramped when it comes to using serious applications...

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