how long does a mac last?

3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    All macs come with a 1 year warranty which can be upgraded to 3 years for a nominal fee, however most macs typically last longer than that - for example, the battery in the MacBook Pro is rated to last for 5 years - 3x longer than the average "PC Notebook"! and i know people who have white 2004(?) iBooks that still have yet to have something malfunction. i even know a guy who has one of the original "Bondi Blue" iMacs from 1998 which he's using as a home server in a closet.. so yeah.. macs last quite a while. hope this helps.

    • Answered by Joseph H from Worcester
    • 17-Oct-2010
  • All Mac's will last as long as their parts are turning. The best way to keep a Mac running longer is to treat it right. With a bit of TLC you should have no problem keeping a Mac running 10 years from now.

    When buying a portable computer, If you can opt for the solid state drives that is one less moving part to fail giving you greater longevity. Be prepared to swap out the battery every 4-5 years.

    If you have a MacPro be sure not to enclose the case in behind a close door. Give it a lot of breathing room and don't forget to open it up and clean out the dust bunnies from time to time.

    As long as you keep your Mac in an environment that is not too hot, not full of smoke or excess dust and debris. You should have many years of happiness with with it.

    • Answered by Scott P from East Aurora
    • 15-Dec-2010
  • As long as as you take good care of it.

    Today's computers are extremely fast and will be around and doing the job for as long as you are able to squeeze out of them.
    I have a Powerbook G3 (10 years old and works fine for simple tasks...

    However programs will get more sophisticated which means bigger more bloated and will require faster processors.

    The average Mac Laptop is overkill for the average computer user.

    Remember take good care of it and it will last a long time.

    Mac's are more expensive! but they last much longer than the average PC.
    Therefore you'll actually be saving money?
    Instead of buying a PC every 2 years or less...

    • Answered by Paul P from Santa Ana
    • 15-Oct-2010