iBook lifespan

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by iLoveCheese, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. iLoveCheese macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2005
    I thinking of buying an iBook - my first Mac. How long can I expect it to live? How long did your iBook live? :confused:
  2. Jschultz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    There are tons of people still using the clamshells, and those are roughly 5-6 years old. Maybe more.

    I just sold a 2003 iBook and it was in great condition.

    Many are still using the 2001 icebooks, and theyre chugging along.
  3. iLoveCheese thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2005

    sweet! That's what I was hoping to hear. Thanks!
  4. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I have an iBook G3 that was purchase in July 2001. Using it mainly for the internet and folding.
  5. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    I have a three year old iBook and while it is now my backup computer since I invested in a Powerbook last year, it is still running well and I have Tiger and everything on it, and it runs pretty good. :)
  6. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    I bought a Rev A iBook G4 1 GHz 14" back in 2003 I kept it for maybe a year and then gave it to my sister, she loves it and intends keeping it for years. OS X seems to get faster with every new release too so putting Tiger on the iBook gave it a new lease of life as well.
  7. JDOG_ macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    I've had my iBook G4 since their launch in late 2003. Still runnin' just fine and good for most tasks. Get a powerbook if you can afford it, the extra features and kick ass design are well worth the extra $$$.

    iBook's still a great laptop, although definitely lacking some really basic laptop features most 500-700 PCs have these days (built in card-readers, Laptop card slots, extra audio ports, etc.)

    I'm really looking forward to the day Apple does some keyboard re-designing to include Expose, Dashboard and iTunes buttons...that would rock the house.
  8. macorama macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2005
    How are you going to treat it? It you work it hard, travelling lots, then it will fall apart a lot sooner than if it's on a desk most of the time.
  9. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    What's wrong with F9, F10 and F11 for Exposé and F12 (or F8 which I've moved it to, because F12 also is the eject button) for Dashboard? :confused:

    (I actually have F7 free for future use... ;))
  10. jenmc macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2005
    My 12" iBook G3 will be four years old in a couple of weeks. It's been great!
    The only wear and tear is where the most frequently used letters on the keyboard have worn away.

    I'm running Panther, but the iBooks now come with Tiger.
  11. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    It is quite true, that if well taken care of it will last longer. Mine has just been siting on a desk at least 98% of its life.
  12. tuartboy macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    speaking of taking care of things... I am an idiot.

    I was exploring the bottom of my 1 day old PB and removed the battery only to find it doesn't slide like my other laptop, but falls... right onto the floor. I bunged up the inside corner and had to bend it back (gently) with pliers. I feel rediculously stupid about that one.

    Just FYI.
  13. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
  14. tuartboy macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    OMG that is so funny. Check this out if you haven't yet...
  15. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

    Brother Michael

    Apr 14, 2004
    Late 2001 Edition with Tiger running great.

    I gotta say I love this thing like no other.

  16. bit density macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2004
    It's a turkey... Do I get my bonus points?
  17. mellow2bits macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2005
    lifespan: RAM and HD and battery life

    I find that the factor limiting the lifespan of my iBook the most is the amount of RAM and the size of the harddisk (I tend to use more and more memory intensive applications. Photo's, MP3 and the occasional film fill up my HD pretty fast). I still use my 2001 dual USB ibook (G3 600 MHZ).

    iBooks have had some problems in the past, though:
    - some had problems with the screen/hinges - they would experience horizontal lines and flickering, or complete black-outs
    - i believe there has been a batch with bad motrherboards, but am not sure
    - recently, apple had to recall iBook batteries check out: www.macrumors.com/pages/2005/05/20050520094651.shtml )

    There may have been more manufacturing problems in the past I am not aware of. All models/revisions have their rotten Apples (pun intended), but I think over the past years the iBook has built a fairly solid reputation.

    Another limiting factor is battery-life: after a couple of years your li-ion battery will die on you. that doesn't mean your iBook is useless, you just need to buy a new battery (pretty pricey), or keep hooked up to a power outlet... (see: www.apple.com/batteries )

    All in all the life span of an iBook mostly depends on how you use is (don't drop is) and what you use it for (are you a heavy user of the latest version of Photoshop? or will you still be using Office2004 in a couple of years?).

    Anyways, my guesstimate is that an average user will be pleased with his/her iBook for at least 3 - 4 years.
  18. advocate macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2004
  19. johnny1290 macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2004
    my iBook

    I have a 500 mhz dual usb iBook, it's almost 4 years old now, and the only reason I'm going to replace it (with a cheap $500 pc-laptop) is because the screen flickers now depending on how flat you keep the base...I think the video cable has finally gotten a short in it due to flexing/age....my keyboard is pretty well shot, some keys came off(may be my fault for taking them off to clean the keyboard, never was the same again) and some letters have worn off the keys...the power supplies, I've gone through 3 of them, they always wear out at the plug...and speaking of which the socket where you plug in the power supply is hinky now, when you move the plug the charging light flickers...I'm sure this is due to me tripping on the cord or something.

    Repairs? None. Always worked flawlessly. I'm sure if I'd been easier on this machine it would be in much better shape, but i use it many hours a day and really pound on the keyboard and have taken it on vacation, to work, etc many many times. I shoulda been kinder to it and always moved it with two hands. That flex is what messed up my old 266 Wallstreet as well. Still no dead pixels.

    I'm getting a PC cuz its cheap and all i can afford, and i dont wanna spend 900 bucks on an iBook with an old g4 in it, i'll wait for the new intel chips. Goodluck to all.

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