Should I Upgrade My Mac or Buy New?

Are you still using your 2011 Mac and wondering whether it’s time to upgrade it or purchase a replacement? We all know Apple products are built to last, so when is it time to upgrade your current Mac or buy new? There are a few things to consider before you come to a decision.

For a list of Macs which support the latest Operating System, click on the following link: https://support.apple.com/kb/SP777?locale=en_US

There are two main hardware upgrades which can be performed on older Mac.

1. Increase your RAM

What is RAM? RAM, or Random Access Memory, is a type of memory on your computer, iPad, or iPhone which temporarily stores the information which your device needs immediate or future access to. Having more RAM will help eliminate any slowdowns you’ve been experiencing on your older Mac. Imagine having an extra set of hands with you all the times. Wouldn’t everything be more smooth and efficient?

2. Install a Solid State Drive

A Solid State Drive, or SSD for short, is flash memory that stores all of your computer’s data. Unlike a typical hard drive which your older Apple computer likely still has, an SSD has no moving parts which allows information to be accessed almost instantaneously. An SSD will improve the speed of your computer considerably while also prolonging the life of your machine. It could also provide extra storage for all those pictures and files you have been saving.

Does your computer need any other hardware upgrades?

Are you planning on editing movies, creating music, or playing the latest video games? If yes, you may be due for a newer computer with a faster processor and video card since these upgrades will not be available on your older Mac. The easiest way to navigate this issue is by looking at the system requirements of the software you’ll be using and making sure you at least reach the minimum.

What Operating System do you require?

If you’re using an older Mac you may have discovered that the Operating System can only be upgraded to a certain point, which may restrict the applications that can be installed on it. If you find that you need software which requires an Operating System that your computer cannot support, then it may be time to purchase a new or newer Mac.

Conversely, if your software requires an older Operating System and you’re finding your computer to be a bit sluggish, then your best option would be to upgrade your current hardware – since new devices will not support an older Operating System.

Give us call or bring in your computer and we will be happy to help you work through what is best for you. We will always take the time to help you make an informed decision.