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    Shelf Life of an iMac?
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    Shelf Life of an iMac?
    Without jinxing myself, is there an average shelf life of an iMac?

    I have had this iMac since October 2006 and it is used and/or on all day, everyday, and pretty much has been since I bought it all those years ago.

    I have things backed up should the unthinkable ever happen, but I am wondering as and when hardware components will begin to come to the end of their lives, and if anything inside was to break, would there likely be anything in particular that would go first?

    I would say (and again, without jinxing myself) that the machine is still running like a dream as it has from the first day I bought it.

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    Shelf Life of an iMac?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    Without jinxing myself, is there an average shelf life of an iMac?

    I have had this iMac since October 2006 and it is used and/or on all day, everyday, and pretty much has been since I bought it all those years ago.

    I have things backed up should the unthinkable ever happen, but I am wondering as and when hardware components will begin to come to the end of their lives, and if anything inside was to break, would there likely be anything in particular that would go first?

    I would say (and again, without jinxing myself) that the machine is still running like a dream as it has from the first day I bought it.
    First thing to go is probably the hard drive. It is constantly being accessed and they are usually the first things to go. You got probably another year or two left on it tho.
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    Shelf Life of an iMac?
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    Shelf Life of an iMac?
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    Shelf Life of an iMac?
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    Computer parts are like lightbulbs -- they COULD go for years and years and years, or they COULD go *at any moment.*

    Stay backed up and don't worry about it. I would say the *average* Mac users tends to *want* to replace their machine (rather than *has* to) about every five-six years. Power users a bit more often, light-duty users a bit less often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    Without jinxing myself, is there an average shelf life of an iMac?

    I have had this iMac since October 2006 and it is used and/or on all day, everyday, and pretty much has been since I bought it all those years ago.

    I have things backed up should the unthinkable ever happen, but I am wondering as and when hardware components will begin to come to the end of their lives, and if anything inside was to break, would there likely be anything in particular that would go first?

    I would say (and again, without jinxing myself) that the machine is still running like a dream as it has from the first day I bought it.
    My money is on the display and hard disk giving up the ship first. Since you have backups, you've done all you can do short of saving for the next one (which perhaps you've done). The hardware that Apple sources to build their systems seems to last quite a while.
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    Shelf Life of an iMac?
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    I'm running the same '06 imac you are and I too use it everyday for video editing, framework web development and graphic design....still running without a glitch....X >.< X
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