If your computer has slowed to a crawl, being perpetually annoyed and ignoring the problem is not a great strategy.
Over the past few years two major changes have occurred that you should know about:
- The latest Apple computers have become more expensive and less upgradeable.
- The cost of upgrading has significantly dropped.
Should You Buy A New Mac?
There are many good reasons for buying a new Mac:
- Your Mac is physically damaged and the cost of repair is exorbitant.
- Your Mac is so old, the operating system cannot be upgraded.
- A new Mac has features or ports that you need.
- Your work or hobby requires an upgrade to a retina display.
- A new purchase makes sense for tax reasons.
- You have the money 🙂
And… there are a two good reasons for not buying a new Mac.
Many new models are not as upgradable as they were in the past.
This means that you are stuck with the configuration you purchase.
To future-proof your Mac… you have to buy a high end model at the store or a custom one online.
So… you need to spend the money for the best model you can afford right now.
If you can’t afford something decent, be prepared to pay the price down the road.
We are currently awaiting refreshes of the iMac, Mac Pro, Macbook Air, Macbook and Mac Mini.
Generally the price of Apple computer models remain stable from one generation to the next.
That changed when the new Macbook Pro arrived a few months ago.
At all configuration points the price had gone up.
A top-of-the-line model cost an amazing $4,299 before tax.
To charge this for a laptop is completely insane.
If it had revolutionary new features, I could swallow it… but I bought one and it has problems just holding a battery charge.
Who knows what pricing will be like on the new Macs.
Even if prices remain stable, people forget what they paid for their last computer.
My clients generally recoil in horror when they hear that a decent iMac with AppleCare and tax will set them back around $2,500.
So what other options are there….
Should I Upgrade My Current Mac?
There are a few questions to answer before you decide to upgrade:
- What areas of my Mac should I upgrade?
- Will the upgrade cause any software licensing issues?
- What will it cost?
What Areas Of My Mac Should I Upgrade?
There are only two things you can upgrade on a Mac – Memory and Storage.
- Increase memory and more tasks can be carried out.
- Upgrade storage to a Solid State Drive and data can be accessed faster.
Why is speed so important? Higher speed means increased usability and longevity for your Mac.
Whenever possible max out your RAM and move to a Solid State Drive. You’ll notice a massive performance improvement.
If you don’t have these options, then ask a service professional what the best course of action is. Some Macs are simply not worth upgrading 🙁
Will The Upgrade Cause Any Software Licensing Issues?
If you have any specialized software that needs to be de-authorized prior to an upgrade, don’t forget to do it. A good example here is Final Draft.
If you are getting a new Hard Drive or Solid State Drive, your old drive may be cloned or the data moved using Apple’s migration tool. Ask the service professional doing the work if this will effect any of your software licenses. Microsoft Office can cause issues here, but they are not insurmountable.
What Will It Cost?
Memory (RAM) upgrades for most Macs cost between $60 – $110
Solid State Drives (SSD) price is based on the interface (3G or 6G) and the size of the drive. Drive size extends to 2TB.
Generally you can get a 500GB or 1TB drive for $250 or $350. Over the past few years, SSD prices have dropped dramatically as the technology gets better
Cost of labor is based on the complexity of the job and the level of service you are getting.
I charge between $260 – $400. That includes pick up and drop off, all the mechanical work, all software and OSX upgrades and after completion, time spent with the client to ensure they are comfortable with the new system.
The Bottom Line
Most Mac owners can have a complete upgrade for about $700 – $800 and their machine will show a marked improvement and an extended life.
It’s also a lot cheaper than buying a new one 🙂
If you live in Los Angeles and need help with your Mac, iPad or iPhone… or a printer, wireless network, backup problem, malware nightmare, etc,. give us a call at 310-621 5679
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