How Often Do You Get A New Mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macgeek77, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. macgeek77 macrumors regular

    May 24, 2006
    Just taking a survey. How often do you purchase a new computer?
  2. Nugget macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Houston Texas USA
    I find that I start lusting for new hardware somewhere around year two, but resist until somewhere around year three.

    I'm desperate to replace my PowerMac G5 (31 months old) with a new Mac Pro. I'm still quite happy with my MacBook Pro (16 months old).
  3. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    I try around tax return time, last year I got a new iMac this year Im looking at the new SR MacBook.
  4. macanudo macrumors regular


    May 9, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    Every 2-3 years or so. I replaced my 15" PB after 3 faithful years of service with a 15" MBP. I replaced my aging G4 tower with a macpro last year after 4 years of service.
  5. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Apple IIe: Age 12
    Macintosh Classic LC: Age 19
    Performa 61xx CD: Age 24
    G4 450: Age 28
    2.8 24" iMac: Age 36

    5 Apple Computers in 24 years, 4 Macs in 17 years, but I guess the frequency picked up a little. I kept my G4 forever though. Just sold it last month to a Linux guy who wants to mess around with OS X. It's still going.
  6. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
    wow, I don't think I could wait that long
  7. jnc macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    My first Mac was a G4 Mini in April '05. Since then I've had a CD Blackbook, CD iMac, CD Mini and now a C2D MacBook.

    In January I'll get a MBP, so that'll be six machines in just under 3 years! (I only own one machine at a time though, selling the old model)
  8. Silencio macrumors 68020


    Jul 18, 2002
    I seem to upgrade my desktop and laptop machines every four years or so. Got my G5 in 2004 and my 12" Powerbook in 2005, so I'm about to hit my upgrade cycles again.

    So I'm just waiting for the new Mac Pro models to hit.
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I bought my iMac in August 2007, my previous Windows desktop was purchased in February 2003, so about 4.5 years.
  10. smooth macrumors 6502


    Nov 12, 2007
    I don't really care about having the "latest and greatest." My wife and I had two PC desktops. Our first one we got in 1999, the second in 2003. We just recently each got our own laptops this month, a MacBook for me and Dell Inspiron for her. Ideally, we will both have these notebooks for a good 5 years.
  11. Nuc macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    PB Pismo - 5 yrs.
    17" PB - 2 yrs

    Now I have the 17" MBP C2D. I will probably keep it till it dies or give it to my wife and update in a year or so...

  12. lofight macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
    I don't have record, Got a iMac 17" in mid 2006, then family bought a macbook for on vacation, but grandfather needed computer so, mid 2007 my 17" went to him and i got the Macbook, now my question is:

    what's the best A iMac 17" from mid 2006 with Core duo 512 MB ram or a
    Macbook 13" mid 2007 Core 2 duo , 512 MB ram, I prefer the Imac because of the big screen, but the macbook is slightly faster, wich would you prefer?
  13. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    My current PC was purchased in 2002. It was still running fine and has never had any problems. It is just getting a bit slow so it was finally time to upgrade. I just ordered a 24" imac last week.
  14. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    Every 2-3 years or so I get a new machine.

    iMac - Oct 2002
    PowerBook - Aug 2004
    PowerMac - April 2005
    HTPC - Aug 2007

    Actually I'm due up for a new Mac ....
    *shakes fist at Steve* Where's my ultraportable!!
  15. Gaelic1 macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2006
    Mountains of No. California
    I usually replace my desktop about every 4-5 years. I keep my laptop longer since I only use it for e-mail and a few other things when traveling. I bought a G5 tower when they first came out and now have a new iMac. I started out with the original Apple II with 48k memory! :)
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I was hoping to add a MacPro by springtime next year. That will make my PB 36 months old if I buy it in March. So not replacing just adding to the family.
  17. madelinefine macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2007
    metro boston
    how often new mac

    about every 5 years - keep undating as it ages - then pass it on to a relative who is less likely to purchase new
    currently own 2 - g5 and mb

    love my macs
  18. SteveG4Cube macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    MontCo., PA
    ][+ 1979
    ][GS 1986
    Parents "switched" to PCs 1990 :eek:
    (Got tired of driving their computer to my friend's house to fix it every few weeks, got myself a Mac.)
    iMac DV 400mhz grape 1999
    Cube 450mhz 2001
    G5 iMac 20" 1.8ghz (refurb.) 2005 - current
    MacBook CD 2.0 ghz (refurb.) 2006 - current

    Note that my parents and sister switched back shortly after I got my iMac.

    *If you want to stay on the leading edge, buy refurbs - you can literally get a new computer every year and sell what you have for damn near what you paid. ;)
  19. lofight macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
    I always wanted a iMac and mid 2006 i got one, after some months family also got an iMac and after a year bought a Macbook for vacation house, i got in meanwhile an ipod 2G and sister shuffle 1G, and now my dad has Ipod touch 16GB , we are applelating :p
  20. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2006
    Fort Myers, FL
    I bought a 15" Powerbook in March of 2005, then a 20" iMac C2D in February or 2007. I usually keep a computer 2-3 years depending on the computers performance and the new offerings. They iMac is awesome, so i'll probably upgrade it in a year or so, the Powerbook will prob get upgraded around tax return time.
  21. lasuther macrumors 6502a

    Feb 13, 2004
    Grand Haven, Michigan
    I have two Apples in my house, iMac and MacBook. It seems about every 2 years I replacing one of them.
  22. cbrain macrumors 65816


    Dec 9, 2006
    North-East, UK
    I'm still on my first mac, although the last time I bought a computer was 3 years ago.
  23. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    I too am still on my first Mac, a Rev A iMac G5, that I bought in Sept 2004. I recently got the upgrade bug, but rather than shell out the bucks for a new machine, I spent about $200 maxing out the RAM to 2 GB and adding a 500 GB HDD (was running with 768 MB and 160 GB before). Hopefully, these upgrades will hold me another year or so, and then I'll get a new one. Maybe adding Leopard will help me hold out even longer.

    I'll probably go Macbook or Macbook Pro with an external monitor next time around though, but who knows what will be available when I am ready to upgrade AND can afford it.
  24. evilyankeefan macrumors regular


    Aug 12, 2007
    Almost 2 yrs since the 15" MBP, so I'm craving for an upgrade (C2D, 4GB & FW800). Trying really hard to not buy before Jan but the urge

    Plus I don't like it when my work laptop (ugh Dell) is newer (not better) than what I have at home. Principles. :)
  25. MarlboroLite macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    the 13 colonies
    Well as of now, I am waiting until January for an updated MBP...when I get that it will have been about 6 years since I've owned a Mac...I had a G3 Green tower from 1999-2002 and I and I was being limited by software I couldn't use on the Mac OS (Virtual PC was the only way and it was terrible) I switched to Dell and then Sony for the past 6 years...and I am ready now to return to Apple! :)

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