Just bought my first 2015 MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by chillip, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. chillip macrumors 6502a

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    i just got an early 2015 air off eBay for a great price and I’m really happy with it. It runs great and is 4gb version. It’s my first ever mac after using windows for years. Can I expect Apple to support with updates to MacOS for years to come and the air will still run well? Thanks
     
  2. 960design macrumors 68030

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    The Air should do well for a couple of years yet. The thing that will slow you down is the 4G of memory. There will be quite a bit of memory swapping going on in the background. Fortunately, you have an SSD that can do a pretty good job of not letting you notice.

    Just try not to open 20 tabs in Safari at a time and keep the number of open programs to a minimum.

    Welcome to the family!
    The transition is a little awkward. Windows users are used to suffering through stuff and really get confused when it just works. If you find any hiccups, just let us know and we will smooth it out for you.
     
  3. chillip thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. It seems pretty straight forward now once I’m used to it. It will be used mainly for word processing and web surfing so nothing to intense.
     
  4. madrich macrumors 6502

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    I felt the same way when I got my first Apple computer in 2009. it was an early 2008 used MacBook Pro 15". When Snow Leopard was released, it messed up my battery, and Apple replaced the battery; even though it out of warranty. In 2013 the MotherBoard died and Apple replaced the MB for about $300. I finally sold it to an Apple re-cycle company for $100 a few months ago. I now have a used MacBook Air 13" early 2015. Loving it!
     
  5. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I would expect that for several more years at least - see this: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624

    "Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago. Apple has discontinued hardware service for vintage products"

    As you can see, Apple has stopped supporting the 2011 MacBook Air. But that just means they won't repair it, it doesn't necessarily mean that a new version of the operating system won't be supported. I would tend to agree that the 4gb RAM will be an issue at some point though.

    Enjoy your new computer!
     
  6. Pugly macrumors regular

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    Apple's macOS updates have been refinements for the last 3 years or so. Sierra was the first one that dropped systems since Mountain Lion. Computers from 2010/2009 support Sierra.

    I expect the current MBA to be supported until 2021. And that limitation will likely to be just on Apple's whim, and not because of any hardware issues. A MBA from 2011/2012 is not much slower than the 2015.

    Also, a lot of the updates have made the Macs feel faster too, like the new file system APFS for High Sierra.

    Congrats an the new Mac.
     
  7. interessiert macrumors member

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    You took the right model (except just 4GB instead of 8GB RAM) - with APFS it will be a speedy :D around me there are working 4 MBA dated Late 2010 and Mid 2011 properly :)

    At these times it's the best to ignore the desert of MB and Base MBP till they will get a big change away from Jony Ive's ideas - we take MBA and elder designed MBP to get normal computing feeling ;)...
     

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