Must-read Apple coverage The new MacBook Pro has all the usual upgrades you'd expect from a new generation of laptop: better screen, improved memory, faster hard drives and the like.
You can upgrade to Apple M1 Max with a 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine for $700. Step up from 32GB memory to 64GB for an additional $400. The memory options are substantial, from 512GB standard all the way to a whopping 8TB for an additional $2400. With some upgrades, it would cost $3099 US.
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So, in answer to the question: How long do Macs last? We'd say five to eight years, but beware that you probably won't be able to replace any faulty parts in a Mac when more than five years has passed since Apple last sold it. Before you buy a new Mac, read our article about the best time to buy a Mac or MacBook.
Graphics performance is even better, the M1 Pro can deliver up to twice the speed of M1, and M1 Max is up to four times faster than the base M1 in GPU speed. If speed and power are at the top of your priorities, the updated MacBook Pros will deliver.
Update: The MacBook Pro 2022 could be a big disappointment for some. Apple is planning to upgrades no fewer than six of its Mac models in 2022 and will likely start with the MacBook Pro 2022 at an event next month, according to well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman.
MacBook Pros: Both 13-inch and 15-inch models 2015 and older can be upgraded. Non-Retina MacBook Pro units up to late 2016 may also have an option, but most units from 2016 on are very limited on both upgrades and replacement options.
Most notably, the 2022 MacBook Pro gets Apple's new M2 processor chip, which many observers didn't expect to arrive until later in the year. In terms of cores, the M2 has an 8-core CPU, same as the M1 in the previous model, and is upgraded from 8 to 10 GPU cores.
Use Software Update to update or upgrade macOS, including built-in apps like Safari. Before you get started, it's a good idea to back up your Mac. Then follow these steps to find and install any available software updates or upgrades. From the Apple menu in the corner of your screen, choose System Preferences.
While it's always nice to have a device with more power, you can save money and get a much more portable device by choosing a MacBook Air instead. But, if your workflow involves editing 4K video, rendering 3D graphics, or working on a world-changing app, you'll really see the power of the updated MacBook Pros shine.
MacBook Pro Mid-2009 Models Like the previous unibody MacBook Pro models, it's easy to upgrade the RAM and hard drive in a mid-2009 MacBook Pro.
How to upgrade a Mac Pro (Cylinder/2013) Officially, Apple only allows us to upgrade the RAM and SSD on the Cylindrical Mac Pro – and these are both relatively easy to do. Unofficially, adventurous Apple users have worked out how to upgrade the processor too.
If you've got a MacBook Pro that was manufactured in 2011 or earlier, you can do this at home on any MacBook model. There are two 2012 models that have upgradable RAM: the 13-inch from mid-2012, and the 15-inch from mid-2012. The other 2012 models have the soldered RAM sticks.
MacBook Pros: Both 13” and 15” models 2015 and older can be upgraded. Non-Retina MacBook Pro units up to late 2016 may also have an option, but most units from 2016 on are very limited on both upgrades and replacement options.