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Jeanne Boyarsky
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My last two windows machines lasted 6 years each. My current Mac is a little over four and I'm thinking of replacing it. I'm curious how long a Mac typically lasts people so doing a poll.

 
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I've kept my Macs for between 3 and 8 years, depending upon machine type and my requirements.
 
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My Mac is a early 2012 model which came with a 4GB RAM. This started to give problems with my development environment setup. So I upgraded to a 16GB RAM and it worked like a charm. I'm hoping that I could use my Mac for another 3+ more years. The only thing that concerns me when buying a new Mac after 3 years is that there is no way to add an aftermarket accessory. I hope that Apple brings back the option to add an aftermarket RAM and a HDD in its future versions!
 
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I still see that Apple store is selling the older Mac Book Pro without Retina display. Are those extendable with RAM and SSD with aftermarket ones or is it just like the Retina ones where I have to max out the spec when I buy it? Any ideas?
 
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It's hard to say how long our Mac's have lasted because every Mac I've ever bought is still going strong.

Jayne has a White MacBook that we bought in 2006. Over the years I've increased the RAM and most recently replaced the mechanical HDD with an SSD. Admittedly it gets pretty light usage but it's still going very well. The only downside is that the OS upgrades stopped at Lion.

The 'house' computer is a 2009 27" iMac, one of the first Intel Macs. Again I've increased the RAM and I am planning on replacing the HDD with an SSD but haven't done it yet. Still a great machine and the big display is lovely.

The most recent addition is the 11" MacBook Air that you, Jeanne, have seen in the flesh. I bought that last summer and I'm not expecting to need to replace it any time soon.

I will offer this though. At work we ran a batch of 2012 non-retina MacBook Pro's of which a high proportion developed a graphics adapter failure after about a year or two. As far as I'm aware, our guy did get Apple to admit a problem but not liability. So in that case the Mac's lasted less than 2 years.
 
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Last vote in cow poll was on September 23, 2015
 
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