How often do you see yourself upgrade/update your MacBook (Pro)?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ryuukumori, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2008
    Just a simple question. I am more interested in the frequency of users who find themselves upgrading often. Maybe a college student between undergrad and grad school? Or somewhere else? What about older users who have a continuous trend of upgrade?

    You can also include any modifications (hard drives, RAM, etc).

    This would make a good survey to test!
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
  3. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    I usually update about ever 2 years but I went from a unibody macbook to the new unibody mbp. So that was like 6 months lol.
  4. KevinRightWing macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2007
    Houston TX
    In the PPC days it was 2 years. With Intel, I invision 3. Just my 2 cents.
  5. foshizzle macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2007
    It will only be my second mac, but I'm upgrading to a new MBP 15" after two years with the current one. It will be here thursday.

    I upgraded RAM 5 months after purchasing the current one (2 -> 4) and the hard drive a year after purchase (120 -> 320).

    ---In 07' bought 2.2 MBP, 2GB, 120, 8800m GT 128MB.

    ---Last Thursday bought MBP 15" 3.06, 4GB, 500@7200, 9400M&9600GT 512mb.

    Went from lowest end to highest end MBP two years later, and paying just about the same as the total cost of this machine+upgrades. Very happy prices were cut this summer.

    I'm starting my 3rd year in College - fortunate enough to have a job that allows me to buy a new machine, but also get the full use out of it (programming, video editing, web dev, managing 4 windows servers & 4 offices in the US with 30 users - yes, I do this from my mac and wouldn't have it any other way - RDP for mac rules).

    I hope to get 3 years out of this new machine as my primary computer. I'll probably get a new one before grad school (taking the 5 year undergrad route with a double major).
  6. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    Here's a link to my Macs that I've owned since I got my first Mac in 2001.


    On average, I've bought one every 6 months.
  7. coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    I had an iBook back in the day. It had the logic board fault, was fixed once, came back. I then went to the Windows side of things. Had a ton of Windows laptops...Averatec 12", HP 12.1" tablet, Compaq laptop, Eee 1000H, Acer Aspire One, Fujitsu T2010, Fujitsu T5010.

    I'm really hoping my June 17" uMPB will last me over 4 years. Based on the cost, it'll just about have to to make sense.

    I'm optimistic.
  8. juleyah macrumors newbie


    Jun 16, 2009
    North Carolina, USA
    Got my first Mac (MBP 15" 2.16 GHz) May 2006 and just bought a new one because I wanted an upgrade (and I found myself drooling over the new unibody Macbook Pro's)... so 3 years.

    I did upgrade my RAM on the "old" MBP but still wanted more. So new compy I got!
    (And I've never been happier...!)
  9. rtcruz1 macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2006
    Aliso Viejo, CA
    Stretch It Out

    I like to get the most bang for my buck, so I like to keep my Apple computers for as long as possible, and I don't upgrade until I absolutely need to upgrade because of hardware limitations (software compatibility, speed, storage, etc.)

    I had my Powerbook 15" 1.25 GHz for almost 4 years, before the screen went out and I had to upgrade to a Macbook Pro (Aluminum).. 17" 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo two years ago.

    I'm really tempted to upgrade, but don't see a real need yet... Instead of upgrading right now, I just paid for an Apple Authorized reseller to upgrade my hard drive to a 7200 RPM 500GB drive, and so now I think I'm set for a while..As long as I can run the apps I need without any problems, I don't usually upgrade..
  10. NeverhadaPC macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008
    You guys are insane(ly rich). I got a iMac 333 MHz in 1999, a 1.25 GHz G4 Powerbook in 2004, and a MacBook Pro in 2009 - yep, every 5 years is when I do upgrade my computer....

    Of course, if your income is based on processing/editing video/ HD content I fully understand that it matters but really why upgrade every 2 years??
  11. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    I usually upgrade every 4-5 years and only then because something usually breaks and is not economical to replace. I use my computers primarily for word processing with internet thrown in so don't really need much power.
  12. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
  13. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    Well considering I've tried nearly every size/style of UMB/MBP/MBA in the past 2 years... umm I think I've found the one I like and probably will upgrade after a year, 2 years max. Considering I've basically broke even less taxes after some nice Craigslist/Ebay sales I've landed on a 13" MBP and iMac for the house. I don't see upgrading the iMac anytime soon but if history holds true probably upgrade the laptop if the processor jumps or some new tech hits it in a year.

    I'd have to say 1 to 2 year max on upgrading.
  14. kap09 macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2009
  15. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I got my first mac then got a second one one year after that. The current machine i'm working on was the top of the line 15" (early 2008) with 512 vram and 6mb l2 cache and i've added the x25-m so its still faster than some of the recent unibodies. I'll definately keep it for three years total (once applecare runs out). If I don't have enough cash or if I feel an upgrade is coming down the pipeline in the immediate future i'll keep it till it dies. Otherwise i'll upgrade to a completely new system (new keyboard/mouse/macbook pro, largest matching cinema display and a harddrive offering the fastest interface available, which should be eSATA or FW3200 in 3-4 years). I'll really impress myself if I'm able to skip the whole Unibody generation like some of the Powerbook users were able to skip the 1st Macbook Pro revision.
  16. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    When I used Windows notebooks, I upgraded/replaced every year. I did this because in all honesty those notebook didn't hold up.

    I bought a Powerbook and it lasted 4 years.

    I figure this new Macbook Pro will be good for at least 3-5 years.

  17. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2008
    Aside from the survey... but I have a question here that some of you are consistently saying...

    To all former PC notebook owners, what makes the notebook not last so long? One year, and then an upgrade? Was it the OS, or hardware giving out?
  18. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I have a 2.0 Ghz first generation MBP and did almost the exact same thing you did. I recently replaced the small stock drive with the 500GB 7200rpm Seagate Momentus. However, I don't think I'll be putting any more money into it since Applecare expired in April.

    I might jump into the next revision in 6 months or so.
  19. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    I upgrade every other rev (not counting replacement units:p)
  20. ThereBryant macrumors newbie


    Jun 21, 2008
    New York City
    Summer 2006: Intel iMac 20-inch
    Fall 2007: Alum iMac 24-inch
    Summer 2008: MacBook White
    Summer 2009: MacBook Pro 15-inch

    I guess every nine months?
  21. Ammo macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Every 2 years...I don't have a Mac though. (Waiting to switch)

    I think this time around I'll wait longer though (got it in December '07)...this laptop still fires on most cylinders, then again I don't usually experience problems until close to the 2 year mark. My biggest mistake was installing the Windows 7 RC that starts going haywire in April, so I'll be forced to get a new laptop no matter what (it beats spending $100+ for a new OS).
  22. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    October 2004 - iBook G4
    October 2007 - iMac C2D, iBook still in use
    August 2008 - MacBook to replace the iBook
    December 2008 - MacBook Pro 15" to replace/complement the MacBook
    July 2009 - MacBook Pro 17" to replace stolen MBP 15"

    Now all four Macs are in use, the 17" and 13" are at work, almost 24/7, digitizing hundreds of DV tapes, the iMac sitting at home for the times I'm at home and the iBook currently sits on the toilet for short breaks.

    So there is no real upgrade pattern for me at least.
  23. SolRayz macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2007
    Ft. Lauderdale
    I usually upgrade when its worthwhile to upgrade or Apple releases a serious update, generally every 3-4 years. Although I am interested in seeing how long my Santa Rosa or any of the intels last considering the number of issues I have had and the stories I have read.
  24. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

    Mar 19, 2009
    Every three years is my plan, that's when my Apple Care runs out! :D
  25. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    3 to 4 years. I normally don't upgrade my software until I get a new machine as well. Think it makes more sense that way so you get a double whammy of newness.

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