How often do you upgrade your Macbook pro?

saxman211

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How often do you guys upgrade your macbook pros? I just got a new one for the first time in 9 years and know I waited too long. On my old one, I can no longer check gmail, safari barely works, and it's just ULTRA, ULTRA slow. So I need good advice on how to do this better next time.. I definitely won't wait 9 yrs... That's for sure.. What's your advice?
 

MadCar

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Depends on the evolution of the MBP and processors and your needs.

I've just got a new MBP which is nearly 6 years to the day from my 2012 machine. The 2012 is going to the wife, its still feels quick (better than be current Lenovo works laptop), can cope with everything I throw at it and hasn't missed a beat once.

I might wait the same amount of time with this one who knows I don't have a fixed date just when I feel now is the time for me.
 

iKrivetko

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Bought my first one in 2010 and my current one in 2014. Might upgrade this year, not sure yet.
 

M.Rizk

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2011 here. Wanted to upgrade this year but I am waiting till all issues are resolved because I only have Authorized Service Centers where I live and I don’t want to be dealing with them in any sort of repairs.
 

jerryk

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I tend to go upgrade systems every 2-3 years. By then usually there has been enough change to warrant going through the hassles of upgrading.
 
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MadCar

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2011 here. Wanted to upgrade this year but I am waiting till all issues are resolved because I only have Authorized Service Centers where I live and I don’t want to be dealing with them in any sort of repairs.
Having just moved from the 2012 to a 2018 2.2 just do it, no whine here, no speaker problems absolutely stunning performance and the Touch Bar is great, really just do it.
 

mtneer

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I have a 2012 going strong. I expect another 5 years or so out of this machine, assuming the battery does not give up its ghost.
 

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How often do you guys upgrade your macbook pros? I just got a new one for the first time in 9 years and know I waited too long. On my old one, I can no longer check gmail, safari barely works, and it's just ULTRA, ULTRA slow. So I need good advice on how to do this better next time.. I definitely won't wait 9 yrs... That's for sure.. What's your advice?
Why can't you check your email?
 
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geek1

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Bought my first one in 2010 and my current one in 2014. Might upgrade this year, not sure yet.
What is making you unsure? I also have a 2014 and its going strong so I'm having a hard time deciding as well.
 

sennomulo

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I just bought my second MacBook Pro yesterday. I bought my previous machine in 2015. It's still going strong except for a couple minor issues with the screen (backlight bleed in the corner from dropping it one time, plus a small chip near the center of the screen from I don't know what). I didn't really need a new computer, but I was enticed by the new machines and got a pay raise at work so...
 

Csayno

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Depends I suppose. I had a 15 2010 MBP. Then upgraded in 2016 for the 13 touch bar MBP. And well... The display stopped working, and to fix it would be 600 bucks. So I figure, why not get an upgrade. Waiting on my 2018 2.2 MBP.
 

AdamA9

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2009 iMac > 2013 MacBook Pro > 2018 MacBook Pro

Every 4/5 years for me. I just buy when the one I'm using can no longer take what I throw at it, which isn't much, fortunately.
 
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Snoim

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Upgraded from a mid-2009 13" MBP. It is suprisingly still very usable for tasks like browsing the web, using Microsoft Office or writing E-Mails (upgraded it to 8GB, replaced the DVD-Drive with an SSD and replaced the battery 2 years ago). The main reason for me to upgrade was photo editing which could be done (even in LR 6) but was becoming increasinly annyoing.

Had a 2006 MB before that where wifi wouldn't work anymore so I upgraded only 3 years later.
 

sunapple

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Since the future is uncertain, you'll have to determine yourself if:

- your machine still does everything you need it to do
- the new model is a big enough upgrade
- financial aspects make sense

My dad also used his MBP 15" for 8 years and upgraded today to the 2018 15". The old model has been "feeling too old" for over a year, but now that the keyboard gave problems (irony considering he's upgrading to a keyboard-gate era machine?) he was ultimately forced into buying a new one.
 

The Mercurian

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I aim to upgrade every 2.5 years, because that way I can sell it with 6 months AppleCare still on it and that helps me get a better price. However my current one is 4 years old because I didnt' want the 2016/2017 models at all.
 
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AdamSeen

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When 2 or 3 items in the specifications doubles from my current one - that's when I buy. e.g.:
  • 8Gb -> 16Gb RAM
  • 2 core -> 4 core
  • Hard Disk -> Solid State
  • 256Gb -> 512Gb
  • Normal LCD to Retina LCD (not technically doubled on MBP)
 

maflynn

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I can't remember my entire purchase history but I was average 3 or 4 years between models, then I got the 2012 rMBP and that was the very best laptop I ever owned. I just replaced it for my 2018 model. I hope to get at least 5 years out of this bad boy.
 
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TheralSadurns

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When 2 or 3 items in the specifications doubles from my current one - that's when I buy. e.g.:
  • 8Gb -> 16Gb RAM
  • 2 core -> 4 core
  • Hard Disk -> Solid State
  • 256Gb -> 512Gb
  • Normal LCD to Retina LCD (not technically doubled on MBP)
Same.
I started out with a 2006 MacBook, upgraded to a MacBook Pro in late 2008. Upgraded in 2011 with the jump to Quad Core and 16GB. So now's the time again to upgrade to 6 core and 32GB.
 

entropi

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PBG3 ("Pismo"): Jan 2000
(PB12": October 2014 - sold since it was running too hot all the time)
PB17": April 2005 - still in used weekly
MBP17: April 2009 - still in used weekly
mba11": November 2014 - used daily
(used mac mini qc 2012 with 24" antiglare screen: August 2017 - used daily)

...and now? I will buy Apple stock instead, my needs are covered for the moment.
 
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Petetastic

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I’d say, “Upgrade only as needed.” Does it do what you need it to? Is it stable? If yes to both, then don’t buy a new one unless you *really* want it. We pay a large premium for these machines, and your money can be used elsewhere, even if it’s for retirement.
 

K4LK

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How often do you guys upgrade your macbook pros? I just got a new one for the first time in 9 years and know I waited too long. On my old one, I can no longer check gmail, safari barely works, and it's just ULTRA, ULTRA slow. So I need good advice on how to do this better next time.. I definitely won't wait 9 yrs... That's for sure.. What's your advice?
I have a mid-2014 that I recently had the swollen battery replaced and doubled the SSD size using an OWC Aura Pro X. I'll be good for a while. It's running macOS Mojave beta 5.
 
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