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robartsd

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Re: Got a Decade Out of MacBook Pro
« Reply #50 on: December 04, 2019, 05:03:45 PM »
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I've never had a problem updating my Macbook to a newer OS, and that's been free for decades (something MS only recently started offering).  There was a time in the late 90s when older machines couldn't make the jump for either platform because of the underlying architecture, but that was true of both Microsoft and Apple.
Yes, Apple has provided iOS updgrades free for over a decade, but Mac OS has not been free to upgrade for decades. Apple sold Mac OS upgrades until 10.9 was released in 2013. Microsoft followed 2 years later with Windows 10.

https://www.wired.com/2013/10/apple-ends-paid-oses/


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Re: Got a Decade Out of MacBook Pro
« Reply #51 on: December 04, 2019, 05:08:20 PM »
My 2009 Dell Latitude is currently running Windows 10. So sure Windows Vista is no longer supported but I upgraded for free along the way as Microsoft offered the updates. So I wouldn't say that Microsoft no longer supports old devices because they don't support the old OS. Unlike Apple you can upgrade to the new OS when the old one is no longer supported.

Well yes, but perhaps not everything on the computer will continue to have device driver support with the new OS.  I couldn't get a working device driver for the WiFi on my Dell and the touchpad became flakey, so I installed Linux.  I did the same when Apple stopped providing security updates for my (then 9 year old) Macbook.

For both PCs and Macs, I'd start thinking about Ubuntu after 7 years or so.

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Re: Got a Decade Out of MacBook Pro
« Reply #52 on: December 05, 2019, 09:38:50 AM »
Well yes, but perhaps not everything on the computer will continue to have device driver support with the new OS.  I couldn't get a working device driver for the WiFi on my Dell and the touchpad became flakey, so I installed Linux.  I did the same when Apple stopped providing security updates for my (then 9 year old) Macbook.

For both PCs and Macs, I'd start thinking about Ubuntu after 7 years or so.
Microsoft seems to be happy updating Windows 10 rather than rolling out a new major version. I'm not aware of any major driver issues coming from Windows 10 updates, so I expect that for quite some time device driver issues on Windows will not come up. Device drivers can also be an issue when switching to Linux.

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Re: Got a Decade Out of MacBook Pro
« Reply #53 on: December 09, 2019, 10:19:13 AM »
Cheap PC laptops are garbage in comparison. Good quality ones are as good or better. I used to build gaming desktops, and I could build a better, faster computer, with higher quality parts(gamer enthusiast parts have better PCBs and components), and they would last 10 years, I'd give them to relatives when they were obsolete for my purposes. I'd end up saving somewhere in the neighborhood of $1500 compared to buying an Apple computer, and it was a better computer to boot.

Alienware, Asus, Dell XPS, and such are better laptops than anything Apple offers, and they are cheaper. I play the latest PC games on my Alienware laptop, and it runs them high/ultra with no problems(10 series GPUs are almost the same as desktop GPUs, mobile videocards used to be much worse).

I had a 20 dollar Android smartphone that lasted me 3 years, upgraded it to a 60 dollar one, been working fine for the last year.

I just don't get the appeal of Apple, never have. Lower quality products that you can't fix yourself, that cost more. Maybe I'm missing something.
I have had abysmal experience with Dell that even now when looking for a PC, I am avoiding them .