If I buy a mac now, will it be obsolete later?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Zillicah, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Zillicah macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2009
    If I buy a macbook in a month, will it be obsolete and outdated in a year? What does apple usually do to update their macbooks?(ram, processor, etc)
  2. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Probably. Like any item of technology.

    Having said that my 4.5 year old PowerBook is still doing everything I need and my 8 year old PowerMac is still hanging in there.
  3. desiringGod macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    Things always change, but I base my home computers on a 4 year average life cycle and my work computers on a 3 year cycle.
  4. gjw4u macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Yes any new PC or Mac becomes obsolete sooner or later. With the current MB or MBP you will only be able to increase memory & HD capacity (SSD is also an option).
  5. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    I just live by the philosophy that any computer I buy will be pretty much obsolete by the time I get it home, and that works for me. :)

    Seriously, though, if the computer still does what you ask of it, it really isn't obsolete. If it takes a few extra seconds to do something in Photoshop, is it really obsolete? Like some other folks have said, I tend to stretch as much life as possible from my machines. My 3+ year old Powerbook is still going along fairly well, and the 2 year old Mini does everything I ask of it.
  6. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    yes. anything you will buy now will be obsolete in the future.

    but as far as Macs go, i'm sure you can find people still using powerbook G4's and stuff as their main machines. and those were released in 2002.

    so you won't be completely obsolete in 5-10 years, but i am 100% agreeing with the fact that it won't be able to keep up with technology in 2020
  7. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008

    No, it will last till you're 99. You won't ever have to buy another computer, ever! :rolleyes:
  8. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Anything (tech or not) will be obsolete in a few years. With that being said, Apple usually refreshes their notebook line around October (unibody) and processor speed bumps and little improvements every 5-6 months afterward.
  9. RHatton macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2009
    Louisville, KY
    Obsolete in terms of modern technology or obsolete for your uses?

    That is what you need to ask yourself.
  10. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    any electronic you buy will be obsolete in a month, if it isn't already.

    just buy it.
  11. the vj macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2006
    I have 3 powerbooks from 2004 and they still working just fine and compatible with everything out there.

    I have a Powermac from early 2006 and is just fine.

    I believe you will be using your actual computer for many years without feeling outdated.
  12. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I have an iBook that's almost 4 years old and it still works fine, but it's not my main machine.

    My wife refuses to switch and she is still running Win2K on a white box PC built for us in 2000. She's able to write books and do what she wants to do.

    The big question is not obsolete, but will it still do what you want it to do. Technology is changing all the time.
  13. zer0tails macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    i'm not usually mean but your question is really "not smart"

    Let me put it this way, half-empty analogy: yes it will obsolete by technology standards in a year or even 6 months.

    However, on the bright side and this is the half-full analogy: it will only be obsolete the day it stops doing what you want it to do. If that's 2 years from now, 3 years from (as many in this thread have mentioned) no it won't be obsolete then. ;)
  14. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Trust me, by the time you see it, it is already obsolete. So, just don't worry about it.
  15. Borg9 macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2005
    I still use my 6 years old 1Ghz Titanium Powerbook to surf the net, play music and old games. Still perfectly fine for designing logos and minor photoshop retouching too although the screen has yellowed a little.
  16. sishaw macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2005
    Same here, mine is even running the latest Leopard. Those things are tough.
  17. throttlemeister macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2009
    Any computer is obsolete the moment it leaves the store. ;) It's the nature of the beast. That said, any computer is more than powerful enough to do whatever you want it to do for years to come, at least for most users.
  18. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Yup! 10.5.6 on my iBook too. It's a good little machine - no hardware problems and only one issue with software - I got a bad update and had to re-install. For word processing and e-mail and surfing it's all I really need for that.
  19. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    What I would do is wait another couple of years until Apple releases "MacBook Final" which will be the definitive consumer laptop. There won't be any hardware updates after that, so you will have the best version that will ever be. The reason it will happen in a few years is Apple is waiting on a technology that will allow them to auto update all laptop specs like RAM and processing power over the internet (which is how it will stay the definitive version once you get it).
  20. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    Obsolete, no.
    Outdated, yes.

    People get so hung up on the update schedule of computers.
    Nobody buys a new car then freaks out when the next year's models come out and have slightly better gas efficiency or fourteen more horsepower.
    Computers nor cars cease to work any better when new models come out. If a computer fits your needs right now, it is very likely it will fit your needs for years to come (special exception being gamers, but, yeah, they're quite the special case).
  21. Zillicah thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2009
    I guess I'll just get the 2.4GHz instead of the 2.4GHz and a few years later upgrade to 4gb of ram. ;) the hard drive is big enough for me... but it all comes down to processor speed... so i can just get the 2.4GHz :)
  22. James Cole macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    Not really for example I had a 17'' MBP 2007 model... and well I sold it about 1 month ago... the computer was fine and could lasted more... my new 17'' is only a bit better but nothing as much as to call my old mbp outdated.
  23. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    About the only thing that seems to get outdated quickly these days is the graphics cards. Other than that, not much as changed for the last few years.
  24. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    no, your computer will forever be the best evarrrrrr
  25. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...it will be outdated as soon as the next refresh for :apple:, at that point all software will cease to exist:p

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