We know people who still have their Mac that they bought in 2000 and it just works fantastically for them. If it isn’t broken, why fix it. However, the answer may not be that simple. Just because your Mac still works does not mean that it is going to be a great computer for you.
You must consider other factors like speed, compatibility with the latest programs and also future plans with your computer. Let’s look at these factors and discuss how to go about deciding whether you need to replace your Mac.
First, speed. Does your Mac take a long time to boot up? A few minutes? Did you know that the latest Macs, especially the ones that run on SSD, hardly take 30 seconds to boot? The higher configuration ones like the latest MacBook Pro models that use Intel i7 processors can even boot up in less than 10 seconds, as long as they have 8 GB of RAM. If that kind of speed excites you and makes you think that it will increase your work productivity, you can definitely look for an upgrade. After all, slow Macs can really thwart your productivity. When you just have the flow going and want to bang out a document or design something, the last thing you want is your Mac holding you back big time.
A second issue is compatibility. Older macs will not run new operating systems. For example, Sierra will not run on Macs older than 2009. Going forward, more and more software developers are going to develop software programs that are only going to support past three years of operating systems. So, if your Mac is too old, it just can’t run the new app. This is particularly the case when you are using a new app and your mac suddenly slows down. If it happens very frequently, it definitely means that your Mac just can’t keep up with new age software.