To buy or not to buy? That is the question that Mac users ask when their notebook fails them. It’s a fair dilemma since repairs and replacement pieces are expensive.
Though MacBooks can last around a decade, they aren’t impervious to the passage of time. As they age, their performance may decline as well, especially if they’re not properly maintained. A few replacement pieces can restore a computer’s function, but sometimes, it can be more cost effective to buy a new model.
So how will you know if you need to buy a new MacBook? Here are four signs to consider:
Battery Can’t Hold Power :
This may be the first symptom of a dying Mac. MacBook batteries are built to last as long as the Mac itself. If your battery can no longer recharge, it may mean your Mac is reaching its limit.
However, MacBook batteries are more vulnerable to failure if they are not properly maintained, like leaving it plugged to an outlet even though it’s fully charged. Erratic power surges can also damage your MacBook batteries.
Thus, a dead battery is not an absolute indicator on its own, but it is a sign that your MacBook is aging.
Applications Are Getting Slow :
When your apps start lagging periodically, your hard drive may be cluttered with too much junk. Clearing up disk space may help, though it may take hours to delete all those unused files in your hard drive.
Another workaround is to buy an external SSD (solid-state drive). SSDs access data faster than regular hard drives can. Plus, external SSDs are portable and can be used with other MacBooks, so they’re a good investment.
If you still experience delays despite doing these, then it’s likely that your MacBook is no longer powerful enough to run the latest features.
Latest OS Won’t Run :
On that note, every new OS usually has more features and an increased consumption of hardware power. If your MacBook refuses to update to the latest OS, it may be a good time to buy a new one, especially if there’s an application that you want to use.
But if you’re content with the existing features, you can skip the update and stick with your current OS. Do note that Apple releases a new OS every year, and sometimes, they may only be enhancements of outdated OSs.
Unnatural Sounds :
When your MacBook beeps, hums, or produces any kind of unfamiliar mechanical noise, that usually means that there’s something wrong. A component may have gotten damaged, or the entire computer may be no longer be running at its peak. You may want to have your MacBook checked by your local Apple store to rule out the first, as malfunctioning parts may affect the rest of your computer.
Your MacBook will also signal you if it detects any problem within the system. It does that during startup by using different beeps for different issues. On some cases, it may not even make a tone, and that also means that there may be a problem. Thus, you will want to turn your volume up so you can hear the start-up tone.
Last Nail in the Coffin :
As stated earlier, MacBooks are built to last a decade. If you know when your Mac was manufactured, you can estimate when it’ll “expire.”
Of course, nothing is absolute, and if you’ve taken good care of your Mac, then you may be able to squeeze a few months or even a couple of years more of its lifespan.
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