Life Expectancy

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hasgar, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. hasgar macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    I know this is kind of an ambiguous question, but I was wondering if any experienced Apple people would know the approximate life expectancy of my Macbook Pro.

    I've had it for a year and it works great but I use it for work full-time and I go to school full-time as well. I've estimated that I spend around 86 hours a week on it total.

    Will using it this much shorten the life expectancy? What is the typical lifespan of a Macbook Pro?

  2. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2010
    Define lifespan. If treated properly, it can still be working after a decade, but it likely won't be powerful enough to do some heavy duty by that time.
  3. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    If taken care of properly, you're MBP should last you for years (even 10+ years if you decide to keep it that long that is). Products these days are manufactured to last for a very long time. Usually if the product will have issues, it will be noticeable or have failed in the short time frame.
  4. iBook_Clamshell macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2013
    I still use a Mac that is about 30 years old! It still works just as it should have back in the 1980s. I can use it for typing reports, but obviously I can't go online or use Final Cut Pro on it. It's "lifespan" is almost eternity.:D
    As for the MacBook, Apple might create it to fall apart in 5 years so you will give them more money and buy a new one.
  5. hasgar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    I mean life expectancy as in it will still be fully functional apart from some small issues (battery life, processing speed slightly slower, occasional freezing, etc).

    I ride this thing hard and I'm hoping it will at least last the next 3-5 years if possible. I'm not familiar enough in Ubuntu to be as efficient at work (plus the compatibility hurdles that come with Linux distros are a pain) and the idea of going back to Windows makes me want to curl into a ball and die.

    I don't have $1k+ to spend on a new Macbook so if this thing does die on me I'll be in trouble (I doubt my superiors at work would fork over the money for a new one, at least not all of it).

    Just thought I'd ask for the sake of curiosity.
  6. eezacque Guest

    Feb 17, 2013
    I wouldn't expect a lot more than 3 years. Apple suffers a lot from design and production errors (Nvidiagate, Radeongate, MeltBook Pro gate), and generally ignores customer complaints. Now, to err is human, but Apple service has degenerated to a level where customers are supposed to buy their own guarantee for three years, and shut up after that...
  7. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2008
    Queens, NY
    My 2 macintosh notebooks, a 2004 Powerbook G4 Al + 2008 Macbook Pro 15" have served me well (4-6 years). I've purchased Apple care on both and only used it once on a battery for the 2008.

    I would say they are on par with other PC manufacturers, price wise too.
  8. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    From experience, I'd say your chances are somewhere around 50% that it will be alive and well in 5 years, assuming moderate use.
  9. Bri in Mtl macrumors member

    May 29, 2013

    Out of curiosity, I'd be interested in seeing a photo of your machine.
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    Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I have a macbook pro from 2007 that still runs fine, if that is any indication. However, the computer may not still be useful by that point, depending on the task. The weakest link is the battery, which will eventually wear out. However, the battery can be replaced by apple for a fee.
  11. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    My late 2008 first edition Unibody still goes strong and can do enough of the tasks most people need nowadays. The only thing that took a hit is the video capability with the playback of higher definition videos at high frame rates.

    I do have a mid-2014 rMBP also.
  12. MTL18 macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2013
    My late 2008 unibody is still running and was only replaced by a late 2013 rMBP because the unibody was no longer capable of editing photos and the upgrades I checked out (large SSD, more RAM) cost more than the computer was worth.

    These computers will LAST a long time, doesn't mean however that they will be USEFUL in a long time. It depends on your needs.
  13. hasgar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    Thanks for the feedback everyone!

    The general consensus seems to be it might live for a long time, but may not be useful past 3-5 years or so.

    I understand it's unreasonable to expect this thing to be like new after spending 86 hours a week (~50-60 with 2 extra monitors plugged into it) on it for an extended period of time. I graduate in 2 1/2 years so as long as it makes it that far I'll be more than happy.
  14. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    My 5-year old Macbook Pro (2.66GHz, 8GB, 128SSD) works like a champ and is running the current preview of Yosemite just fine.

    It's had some hardware upgrades along the way, and a new Anker battery. These days you are better served to get the hardware upgrades up front since there's not much you can do later. If you do that it should last for years.

    Unless you have one of the 2011 models.
  15. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    We have a 2008 MB (Original unibody macbook), 2 2010 models still in production. My longest lasting ibook was my clamshell 366 which I got in 2000, and I was still using in 2011 until my son stepped on it and crushed the display.
  16. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    So far my 2010 MacBook (white) has lasted for almost 4 years. I'm hoping it lasts until I graduate next Fall. Have you bought some sort of insurance like AppleCare or Squaretrade?
  17. teknikal90 macrumors 68030


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    depends on which one you buy
    my late 2011 macbook pro is almost 3 years old now. it was a middle class 15" MBP.
    still performs with a geekbench number of 10,000+
    current specced models are only 20% faster.

    i can see myself using this for another 2-3 years at which point id probably get another mid-high end MBP.

    I even think I overspent on this one - I spent $2500. Next time, my budget is $2000.

    After a while the novelty of having that extra 300mhz of processor speed for $350 extra wears off.

    so i think 5 years for a middle-high end machine is a good approximation
  18. cebseb macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    As long as you keep the machine free of dust and make sure the fan stays in good health, the only thing that may wear down would be the battery life. I give it somewhere around 2 years at your type of usage before it starts dipping below 70% of its original capacity.
  19. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    2.5 years for me....After that the GPU craps out and it becomes a very expensive paper weight....If you have can use it for an additional year tops....3.5 years
  20. TechGod macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    My MBP is currently almost 5 years old. This thing is still running fine( I did however upgrade myself to a late 2013 rMBP cause I love dat screen)


    That's for a one with dGPU's. :rolleyes:

    Who is to say that the 650 and 750m's will also crap out? I think not.
  21. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    True...we do not know...enter 2015 and lets see....For Apple's sake, I hope they don't fail again....Anyway, I thought the OP should know....Life expectancy of a 2-3 grand Apple laptop is not as high as one would expect. They have the worst QC... not fitting a company of Apple's reputation.
  22. Mike P macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2014
    I've recently replaced my 2008 unibody aluminium Macbook with a 2014 rMBP and it feels like a huge upgrade in every respect. The 2008 machine was still working but felt like it was getting near the end of its life.

    I realised a reasonable amount for the old machine on eBay and put that towards the new machine. I'd say 5 years was approaching the sensible useful lifetime of a Macbook and for me it was certainly the right time to upgrade. Much more life than that is basically a bonus.
  23. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    I have been using my MBP 2010 almost every day for the past 5 years (nearly) and it still works fine. I almost never shut it off, it's always downloading something and if it's not I just close the lid.

    Honestly, this has to be the most reliable computer I've ever had. Before this I had a 2007 MBP of which the dGPU failed (the 8600GT issue) after just three years, which I must admit kind of shook my faith in Apple a bit, but in the end it's just a machine and all machines can potentially fail. I suppose that's just a matter of bad luck rather than a usage issue.
  24. eezacque Guest

    Feb 17, 2013
    Hardware failing or not can be a matter of bad or good luck, but lack of service is where Apple has failed more and more over the past years. It is totally unacceptable that a brand which asks its buyers to shell out $2000 tells them that **** happens and looks away when this hardware lasts no longer than 3 years.
  25. ecschwarz macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2010
    I'd say you have a pretty good shot of being able to use it long after it's considered "obsolete" as long as you take care of it. While there have been supplier/production issues with some models, the hardware itself is designed to be pretty solid - I still have a 2002 iBook G3 kicking (I don't really use it at all anymore), a 2005 Mac mini that got retired to server status a few years ago, and help out two labs of 2009 iMacs that get abused like crazy, but keep hanging in there. A good friend of mine is still rocking a 2009 MacBook Pro and since we upgraded it to have an SSD, it feels almost as fast as mine for general stuff.

    For what it's worth, my prior Mac was a 2008 MacBook Pro (the one that had a lot of NVIDIA issues), but it worked flawlessly for 5 years and I ended up selling it just because I wanted something newer.

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