Obsolescence of Mac (Retina)?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by DenisTheMenace, Oct 8, 2016.

  1. DenisTheMenace macrumors newbie


    Oct 8, 2016
    I'm no conspiracy theorist or whatsoever, but a simple and humble mac user since May 2013.

    So I got my Mac Retina back in May 2013 in NY. So far, so good.

    Yet I have not updated my OS for a while (currently using 10.9.5). It works like a charm, or almost as it sometimes freezes...
    I am thinking about updating my mac because I need to install new software (eg: Final Cut).

    Will it SLOW down my computer as recent OS requires more attention/rnergy from my mac?

    Or even, will it slowly KILL my computer?

    Thanks dudes!

    Really appreciate your feedback.

  2. DenisTheMenace thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 8, 2016
  3. Nathan King macrumors regular

    Nathan King

    Aug 24, 2016
    Omaha, NE
    I can only speak to my personal experience, but I've never installed an Apple OS update that hurt the performance of my notebook. In fact, I have on occasion seen minor increases in battery longevity from updates. I'm typing this post with a mid-2012 base model MacBook Air running version 10.12. I wouldn't be concerned.
  4. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    Just do a time machine backup and hen update. If it doesn't work out, just restore your time machine. I think you will be pretty safe though.
  5. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    There were actually a lot of updates in 10.11 that improved performance, like Metal support.
  6. DenisTheMenace thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 8, 2016
    Did you guys ever experience a slow-down of your machine after latest update to your mac with +3 years wear/old.
  7. Jayderek macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2010
    Madison, WI
    not with me at all
  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I have a 2013 MacBook Pro. Sierra works like a charm.
  9. sergioarista macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010
    Same here...
  10. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    The only time OS X ever slowed down a computer for me was 10.6 > 10.7. Lion was awful, the Windows Vista of OS X. Everything else has either been an improvement or at least not any worse than before performance-wise.
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    No apart from lion they have all increased the performance of my older machines.
  12. windowpain macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    I thought Yosemite on my late 2010 MacBook Air was dreadful.
    The next update El Capitain ran much better, and I am reluctant to go to Sierra..may just leave it as it is.
    It works well enough for my uses and none of the new features really appeal to me.

    So in answer to your question; yes, it can sometimes slow things down but generally speaking things run a little better. Make a backup before you upgrade and you can always go back if it is not as good as you had hoped.

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