While the average life span for the MacBook Pro is seven years, the actual time that it will last depends on if you are a heavy notebook user. Heavy users, on the other hand, will find their MacBook Pro lasts for just about 5+ years before it starts giving them problems and needs an upgrade. There are a lot of factors that could affect the number of years a MacBook Pro will last — some people might find that their MacBook Pro will last for as long as nine years, while others might find they only have to upgrade after just five years. When it comes to MacBook Pros, industry experts are in agreement that, once again, you are looking at around a five-year lifespan, but users are suggesting something far longer: a lifespan upwards of seven years.
These simple tips will help to make sure that your MacBook Pro battery lasts as long as possible, but chances are that even with good care, it is likely that you will get only about five years out of it. You can almost guarantee that the MacBook Pros battery will keep up a 10-plus-hour lifespan at least through its first year (when it is covered by the warranty), and will start to decline thereafter. In normal usage, you can probably expect a MacBook Pro battery to last for three or four years before you begin to see any significant signs of degradation.
The MacBook Pros battery life is going to get shorter as you go through the years, but it is likely that it will be able to keep going for eight hours for its first year, a couple hours less than what Apple is advertising. This year, Apple is setting an even higher battery life expectation, though Apples new MacBook Pros are supposed to be substantially more powerful.
Another component that has taken a hit in recent years is MacBooks batteries. Your batteries cannot last for 4-5 years, but Apple has made it hard to swap batteries out at 3rd party stores. Apples batteries are equipped with cycle counts, which helps to manage our expectations of the batteries life span, and helps us to track when we need to get a replacement.
If you maintain your cycle count consistently, then in approximately 5.5 years, you should need to swap out your MacBooks batteries. After 1,000 cycles, the batteries capacity to retain a charge drops to 80 percent, which means that the amount of time you will be able to use your MacBooks battery is going to decrease by at least 20 percent. To accurately obtain how long your MacBook Pro or MacBook battery lasts, you need to run it from a full 100% battery to almost empty, anywhere from 1% to 5% battery remaining is generally enough. Battery life is probably around 4-5 hours per charge for the first five years of ownership, but that is based on how much you charge your battery too much: regularly disconnect it once fully charged, and do not leave it connected to power when you turn your MacBook Pro off.
After 4 years, the MacBook will begin to slow down slightly, but can still last you several years longer, The battery back-up also decreases, and you get slightly less battery life.
If you want a little bit of future-proofing, and to ensure the MacBooks battery is still going to be viable in five years or so, go with a Core i5 model.
One way to get around making sure your Mac can run current software well into the future is by buying a MacBook with higher specs. If your budget is super tight, you are absolutely sure that you are going to do nothing more than use the word processor and watch YouTube, or if you are planning on replacing the laptop in under 5 years, go for the Core i3 MacBook Air.
While the MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro models are expected to last you for years, taking care of the machine, physically as well as from a software perspective, prevents you from having to replace the Mac any time soon.
If you are using the MacBook Air mostly to do things like checking emails, editing documents, browsing online, and streaming an occasional video, then you can expect the MacBook Air to last well over seven years. The average expected lifespan for MacBook Airs is between 5-7 years, however, that can potentially last much longer if you are using the MacBook Air for just lighter tasks. For lighter users, who mostly use their MacBook Pro for browsing the Web and performing other basic tasks, you could be looking at 7-9 years with usage of about three days a week/2.5 hours a session. For average users who use their MacBook pro to do everyday web browsing, handle office documents, and occasionally CPU-intensive tasks, you can expect 5-7 years of life.
At the 5-7-year mark, expect either to upgrade your battery or the whole Macbook. If you are a light user, only 4-5 years old, you absolutely can get away with getting a new battery that will probably keep going for 7-9 years.
Hardware may go on for longer than that, but batteries usually require replacing after 5 years. MacBooks come with quality batteries that if used correctly, could easily last longer than 5 years. If you are on a tight budget, swapping batteries would allow you to keep your Mac going for a lot longer…especially if you do not experience any emerging issues patterns currently with the device.
You can usually make the battery last longer per charge by using Safari (Apples native browser) instead of Chrome, and switching to Apples other versions of apps, which are far more optimized for battery life on a MacBook Pro. In the example shown here, my few-month-old 15-model MacBook Pro gets just over 3 hours of battery life during my real-world use alone before I have to plug it back in for another recharge, but that number will vary greatly depending on what you are doing with the Mac laptop, how old it is, and the state of the battery. At the six-year mark, many who regularly use their Macbook as a workhorse for CPU-intensive tasks report they are starting to see slower performance and the battery needs to be charged more often. If you are still using the MacBook Air often (for eight hours a day or more), using a high percentage of your notebooks storage, and frequently working on large documents or streaming videos (either to YouTube or in a business meeting that has video streaming), this would qualify as a lot of usage.
Which MacBook is the strongest?
The 14-inch (8/10, WIRED Recommends) and 16-inch MacBook Pro (if you can stomach the $2,000 starting price) are the most potent MacBooks made with Apple’s silicon. You can opt to use either the M1 Pro or M1 Max CPUs from Apple.