Will the macbook air last 3 years?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bart rijksen, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. bart rijksen macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    Will the macbook air 1.8Ghz 64SSD last about 3 years? Hard drive space is not a problem, but will the machine last around 3 years and still work ok? I am most worried about the performance. Will that still be usable?

    Thanks a lot
  2. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Absolutely, I see no reason why not. In terms of the applications you're running on it at the moment, they should run with exactly the same performance in 3 years time ;)

    In terms of new software, who knows. The Air is a dual-core machine, so it's relatively future proof. I can't imagine it struggling with the latest web browsers 3 years down the line.
  3. jonswan macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    Considering there isn't a 3-year-old MBA in existence you're asking for pure speculation, right? So how the hell would anyone know? But, if they all suddenly start breaking down in 18 months Apple would look pretty dumb, so I think you can assume that treated well then yes, they'll last. A shorter answer would be: why wouldn't they? They're not made of chocolate.
  4. bart rijksen thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    I'm asking this because most of the applications are updated regularly, for example iTunes. Will it run very slowly after 3 years, or just be a bit slower. Thanks a lot.
  5. wolfie macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2008
    it depends on what your intending the air to be used for.

    for my purposes, i cant see itunes, web browsing, chat and photo storage to be anymore demanding in 3 yrs.
  6. wolfie macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2008
    applications such as itunes would run fine, pure asumption but i cant see it getting real taxing on the system.
  7. bart rijksen thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    Mostly for school work. iTunes, Quicktime, Office, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, etc.
  8. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    You'll be fine. Not too long ago I had a PowerBook G3 233MHz running iTunes through the network like a champ. No problems whatsoever (considering it shipped with OS 8, I think it did pretty well staying useful up until 2007 at 9 years old)

    Plus, MacBook Air looks really cool too, so even if performance becomes an issue you have looks to fall back on! Same thing goes for Titanium PowerBooks and Clamshell iBooks today. Sure, they have ancient hardware inside, but they look so cool you can't help but use them!
  9. RevolutionOne macrumors member


    Feb 5, 2008
    Essex, UK
    You'll have absolutely no problem keeping it for that long running those kind of apps.

    The only thing that might stress it a little would probably be a new OS release but seeing as Leopard is fairly new and should be out a minimum of a couple of years, thats nothing major to worry about.

    Do you have AppleCare btw?
  10. bart rijksen thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    No i don't have applecare. Why? Should i get it?
  11. RevolutionOne macrumors member


    Feb 5, 2008
    Essex, UK
    I personally have never bought it because I tend to buy cheaper, easier to replace machines and have had good luck with them.

    But a macbook air is much more premium machine so I think its worth looking into. You have a year from the the date of purchase to take it out and it will extend you upto 3 years of coverage.

    I used to work in an apple store, and the amount of times I saw people bring laptops in just outside the one year warranty and hit with expensive bills because they didnt have applecare was always horrible to handle.

    You can shop around and get AppleCare cheap from other sources than Apple itself. I think personally that its the only way you can 100% guarantee have a macbook air for 3 years (hardware wise).

    What I always said to customers buying expensive machine who couldnt afford applecare at the time was to save for it and buy it before the years warranty is up, gives you quite some time then
  12. bart rijksen thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    Ok, thanks. I will probably get it then.
  13. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    No. In a year the MBA will be so much better the Rev A will feel like a dinosaur. Cooler processor, more drive space, helium inserts to make it even lighter.

    OK, just kidding on the last one, although...:cool:
  14. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    I think it should if taken care of.

    My take on it is I bought the 1.6/80 and in a year or two take the money saved not buying extra 200MHz and SSD and put it towards a new rev. which will undoubtedly be same price w. more options and kinks worked out.
  15. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    Depends on what you do with it.

    My iMac G5 is 3 years old and I am still happy with it.

    I don't see why the MacBook Air would not be able to still surf the web, check emails, and play iTunes music in three years.

    However, if you ever get into production software (video and audio editing), then this is not the machine for you.

    The only drawback for me is the 4,200 RPM HDD speed (I don't have the silly money for SSD, though I hear that also is really not that much faster).
  16. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    Don't throw it around. Don't leave it in the cold car overnight, or in the hot car in the daytime. Keep it in a smoke free environment. If you treat 'er right, she'll last a long time.
  17. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I have an iBook G4 I bought in late 2004. It was about the equivalent level of technology for its time as a current MBA, and it still works just fine, 3 and a half years later. Is it as "snappy" as my daughter's new MacBook? No, but it does what I need it to do. I can certainly surf the web, run itunes, etc.

    Some people would find the computer's performance to be unacceptably slow, but for my needs, it's fine. It also doesn't hurt that I have a much newer iMac that I use for most of my work ;)

    3-4 years is about the life of a computer these days, and I think the MBA will be no exception. You can usually squeeze out another year or two after that, but then things tend to go downhill pretty quickly.

    If you're really concerned about obsolescence, why not get the MBA with the standard HD instead of SSD? In three years, you'll be able to sell your old MBA, pool it with the money you saved from not buying an SSD today, and buy a brand-new 2011 MBA with a 512 GB SSD.

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