MacBook Pro lifespan

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sjh1109, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Sjh1109 macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2013
    After 7 faithful years, my white MacBook is only starting to act up on me and I see a new MacBook Pro in my very near future. Could i expect my new MBP to last just as long?
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  3. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2011
    I have a Powerbook G4 that still works well. I did have repeated issues with the early Unibody MBPs (GPU, USB, Superdrive issues randomly with about 3 different MBPs) but my mid-2012 and newer ones have been flawless.
  4. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    I know a guy who uses an iBook G4 daily. Its been nearly a decade and its still going strong. Personally I have a late 2008 macbook pro (5 years old almost), and I know if I tried I could get a few more years out of it. Its showing signs of age but its still upgradable!
  5. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    My 2009 Macbook Pro is still kicking like a new one, and showing no signs of needing replaced.
  6. Ih8reno macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    So far my early 2011 Macbook Pro is still working great!
  7. BuCkDoG macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2013
    I have an Early 2013 Retina and in expecting it to last just as long as that.
  8. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Is it hardware related? Maybe it just needs a fresh install of SL or Lion and it can go for another three or four years ;)
  9. Greene1123 macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2013
    2007 MBP still going strong. They last awhile if you take care of them. With a new hard drive and some more memory I could probly get another 4 or 5 years out of it.
  10. Quu, Jul 11, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2013

    Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    Had my MacBook Pro 4 years, used it every day. Still works great. The only issue I've had is the battery bulging which occurred after 3 years.
  11. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    Only reason I got rid of my old 2007 MBP was its limit of 3 gb of memory. It's processor was enough for my needs and I had upgraded the hard drive so space was no longer an issue. I've had my current MBP for 1.5 years and plan on keeping it for 3 to 4 years more.
  12. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I'm planning on making my 2011 15" last until the end of silicon, which should be around the turn of the decade.
  13. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    My 1st gen MBP unibody 2.53 C2D 15" has survived being dropped in a parking lot(needle nose pliers repair of case by me), near total immersion in water by my 5 year old son(took over a month to dry out and turn on again), and my wife having every app in the world open at the same time with fans going full blast for 8+ hours a day. She is going to use that one until my latest cMBP gets too far behind the times.

    Heck, we still have a 2006 15" 1.83 CD in a open area that is still in use for simple browsing.
  14. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I always have a hard time convincing my wife that a new computer is needed when the old one still functions... She was happy with a 2005 iBook G4 until some piece of software came out that wouldn't work on PPC, so I gave her my MBP and bought a new one. Now I'm drooling for a rMBP..
  15. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    Same here. I've had mine for 3 years and it works great. I had the battery bulge issue too and it was interfering with the trackpad, but Apple replaced it for free even after my machine was out of warranty. If you haven't done so already take in to an Apple Store.

    To the OP, I had a 2007 MBP that I gave to a family member. It still works great. I only ever replace these cause I want better specs (usually the video card) but the machines last quite a while if you take good care of them. The only question is how long they meet your performance needs.
  16. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I gave an '04 12" PowerBook to a friends daughter and it's currently being used for school.
    '07 MacBook
    '09 17" MacBook Pro
    '11 13" MacBook Pro
  17. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    Honestly the MacBook Pros these days are so powerful I would imagine they'd do a lot of people a good 5/6/7/8 years of use provided Facebook and Netlflix doesn't suddenly require some sort of supercomputer... :p

    My 2010's 3 years old (last week) and I'm upgrading to a 2013 Air for portability and battery. I hope that's my last laptop for a long long time (unless Apple/Laptops really bring something new to the table apart from spec bumps).
  18. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    A few more months and it'll be 5 years for me and my MacBook. I don't see myself replacing it for another few years at the very least. First Mac for me and what a great example of bang for buck.
  19. Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2013
    Still in use in my household are a 12" iBook (2004), two first run MacBook Pros (2006), and two white iMacs (2005 and 2007). Never had a Mac beyond economical repair.

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