Macbook lifetime?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bango, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. bango macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2008
    Well I got my Macbook 2 weeks ago and now im wondering how long does a Macbook usually last for? That is if its kept clean and all that other good stuff.
  2. archesdevil macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2008
    16 days, give or take.
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    How long will it look clean, or continue to operate? If you mean clean, I'd say 16 days ;)

    if you mean operate, well, my family uses a G4 as their primary computer, and that's what, 4 or 5 year old technology?
  4. bango thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2008
  5. bankshot macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2003
    Southern California
    Nobody really knows, because Macbooks have only existed since May 2006. We got ours two days after they were released, and it's going strong. I expect (hope) it will continue to last well past the warranty period, which expires next May. I would also assume that the vast majority of Macbooks are similarly still in service.

    By way of comparison, our iBook G3 lasted three and a half years before going kaput (actually it still boots up, but usually freezes up within a half hour or so, making it basically unusable). However, it was plagued by the famous logic board problem which was due to a design flaw on Apple's part. They replaced bad boards up until it was three years old, at which point it was unsupported. The last logic board failed with telltale symptoms about six months past that cutoff point.

    Since the Macbook doesn't have any known design flaws as severe as the iBook logic board problem, I expect it to last longer.
  6. khunsanook macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    East Asia
    get applecare and you'll be guaranteed it'll last at least 3 years. after that we have no idea.
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    5 years if you take care of it, but hardware breaks sometimes, but expect 5 years.
  8. deathdruid macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    I have the first generation Macbook (2006) and it is still working perfectly fine. I did upgrade the memory and the hard drive, so I am not sure if those might have failed by now. Definitely get the 2 year Applecare extension before your first year is up; I have used it a few time already (case crack, keyboard replacement, power adapter, battery) and it has more than paid for itself.
  9. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I still have an iBook G3. It's on its 3rd battery, but still going strong (albeit slowly...).
  10. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
    I haven't gotten apple care so I suppose I can expect it to last just as long as its weakest component. Unless repairing it is significantly cheaper than getting a new laptop.
  11. xJulianx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2006
    Brighton, UK
    I got my MacBook in October 2006 and it's still running with no problems.

    Having said that I recently had to replace the power adapter as it frayed to the point of being unusable.

    Other than that, I upgraded my RAM to 2GB and have recently put in a 320GB HDD.
  12. dnguyen macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2008
    ibook g4 (last revision)

    it's about 3 years old and the battery life is still verry good for its age. I did get a replacement though (battery recall), so the battery i'm using right now is probably about 2 years old.
  13. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    I have had two MacBooks:

    • My first MacBook lasted 13 days before the hard drive crashed (thankfully still within the return period).
    • My current MacBook has lasted me 9 months so far and there is no sign of any end in the near future.
    I would suggest that your MacBook has at least a year (if not two) before you should consider a replacement. And I have a feeling that your replacement will be more on the part of your computer's technology becoming out-of-date, rather than the computer's quality and performance deteriorating.

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