New OS or new Mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jouzu, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. jouzu macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    Hi everyone.

    I'm after a bit of advice. Here's the details of my current iBook...

    iBook G4 (2004 i think), 1Ghz. OSX 10.3 Panther

    The machine runs great and i've never had any serious problems with it. However, in the past couple of weeks I have been coming across more and more applications that I cannot use due to the age of my OS.

    What I'm wondering now is if I should attempt to upgrade OSX, or splash out on a new macbook pro (my work would appreciate the extra ability to handle graphics apps anyway). Then again, my current machine is still running without problems, and i am far from wealthy. I have next to no experience in upgrading Macs and I'm not even sure if the hardware can take it.

    Any opinions are appreciated.
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    The iBook will run Leopard provided you have plenty of RAM (1gb is a sensible minimum), but I'd confess I'd be tempted to recommend upgrading the machine. Even a bottom of the line MacBook is going to be dramatically faster than what you have, and should serve you well for years to come. A MBP would be even better, if you can stretch that far.
  3. jouzu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    Thanks tersono

    I guess i kinda wanted someone to justify the purchase to me. As upgrading the OS would surely mean buying some more RAM, its probably a good investment to get a new machine.

    I must say, it's a totally new experience for me when the reason to be buying a new computer ISN'T the fact that the old one is broken! (i guess i'll keep it as a "pornBook" or something ;)).
  4. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Lol. Yes, you can still use the G4 for displaying photos.

    Get the cheapest Macbook because you will get the OS upgrade and memory upgrade for free and it will be much faster and the built-in web cam is fun too. I noticed my first generation Macbook was twice as fast as the Powermac G5 running at 2Ghz with Handbrake. If Handbrake still runs on your G4, it would be too slow to be practical. iWork and iLife will run great too.
  5. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    Go for the new machine. It's time. Treat yourself.
  6. jouzu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008

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