- Sep 3, 2009
I thought keeping with the most current OS was a good thing? What I have been told (offline) that it wasn't necessary to do so. Who's right?
Seeing that this is in an iOS forum...I believe the OP is talking about updating MacOS, not iOS.....?
In any event, IMHO updating, especially when security updates appear, is very important. I always do a MacOS update when one becomes available, and I also update my iPads and iPhone when an iOS becomes available. That said, though, I usually wait a day or so and look at comments on MR before actually doing the update in case there is a glitch somewhere, which of course has happened in the past.
Any general operating system? Usually there are updates that get released to address issues here and there, security concerns, and sometimes to add new features and/or change something.I mean Operating System. Aren't they usually improving on certain parts of the current OS?
Thank you. Like I said. I am going to do my best to hold on to this MBP as long as I can. Believe it or not, I actually love this MBP. It's lasted me this long and the only thing that has cost me anything to repair is my charger. (I've learned my lesson and I think I found a good way to charge it if I have to. When I accidentally broke my charger, I never had the extension cord plugged in because I always thought I was close enough to an outlet because the cord never pulled. The only thing I can think of that possibly broke it was because I happened to move and the cord was pulled away from the MBP. (I can't explain what I mean. Sorry.)A 2012 MBP IS "old," but that doesn't mean you should toss it into the nearest waste can! If it is still doing what you need it to do, that is what matters. If you are having problems with hardware, then, yes, those issues should be repaired and parts replaced if need be, by an experienced tech or someone who is very familiar with Macs. There are shops which are specifically authorized by Apple to handle repairs, and that would be the best place to take your machine if you need to do so.
With regard to software, if Apple is still providing updates, especially the Security Updates, to your machine, that is good. Whether or not it will be able to download, install and use the next version of the OS remains to be seen, though, and we won't know which machines will be compatible with that new version until it is announced by Apple.
You may have been told that older MBP models are still being sold -- well, yes, but not the ones from 2012. Apple still is selling as new the 2015 MacBook Pro in the 15" size (not sure about the 13", but I don't think so). Apple also sells refurbished models from usually the past year or so. Only in the used market such as eBay or on sites which sell older Macs would you find a 2012 MBP for sale these days, and it would be used, not new.
One reason that many people prefer a slightly older model such as the 2015 MBP is that it still has the "legacy" ports on it and the MagSafe connector. Since 2016 MacBook Pros have been coming with USB-C ports and no USB-A ports, no MagSafe. This requires some shift in how one does things, and usually a few adapters or new cables with the appropriate connectors for peripherals are required. It's not a huge hassle but it is a consideration when thinking about buying a new MBP or MacBook.
Edited to Add: At this in time your machine is or will soon be considered "Vintage" by Apple, meaning that it falls into the category of not having been manufactured for more than five and less than seven years, with the result that Apple will no longer provide hardware service and support (supplying parts to authorized shops, etc.). If you live in California, however, parts would still be available at authorized repair facilities.
This link explains in more detail, with Apple's definitions of "vintage" and "obsolete":
At some point your computer will be deemed by Apple not to be compatible with whatever the latest version of the OS will be.... That could happen in September or October 2018 with the arrival of whatever they're going to call the version of the OS that comes after High Sierra, or it could happen in September or October 2019 with whatever THAT version of the OS will be. Since your machine is already pretty much in the "vintage" category, that time is going to come sooner rather than later.
That doesn't mean you can no longer use your computer -- you will be able to continue running it just fine on High Sierra, but you would not be able to upgrade to the newest version of the OS. I'm not sure what Apple's criteria is for establishing compatibility, but presumably it is based on the demands made on hardware from whatever the new software is that they are now offering to users. Older hardware just cannot cope with some of the functionality that is built into new software versions.
Each year when they release a new version of the computer OS software (and also, for that matter, new versions of iOS, too) Apple publishes a list of machines which will be compatible with that new version. When one looks at the list and does not find one's computer listed, then that is the time for making decisions about what to do in the future.