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Old Jan 4th, 2020, 10:43 AM   #1
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How much life is left?

We have a iMac 27" core i7 and a MacBook Air core i5 both purchased in 2011. The most recent IOS can't be upgraded. There are a few apps that also can't be upgraded as well. How much life is there with both of these Apple products. So far my main apps are still useable.

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Old Jan 4th, 2020, 10:59 AM   #2
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It comes down to the internet and peripherals. As long as you have a browser that safely connects to the sites you wish to visit you're golden, unless you have to replace a scanner or printer and the new one just does not like the old system.

My old Mac LC 675 still does everything it did back when I purchased it. Still perfect for maintaining our personal financial ledgers and impossible to hack. I have a second one sitting in a box lest that one ever dies.

My MacPro still happily connects to the internet via an old version of FireFox, even though I run Snow Leopard on that machine as it works better with my old high end Epson Scanner.
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Old Jan 9th, 2020, 01:33 PM   #3
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That iMac is a great machine you have and it should have plenty of life left. The MBA too. As suggested by eMacMan, you can "park" it at a certain OS and maintain your hardware and software in a closed compatibility zone -OR- you may be able to install a newer OS and to remain compatible with the latest software and peripherals. To this end, a colleague of mine has used Collin's "patcher" - dosdude1's Personal Web Server - Software - with great success, upgrading dozens of DIY CPU-upgraded Mac Pro Towers to High Sierra. However, Collin suggests that iMac12,x with AMD Radeon HD 5xxx and 6xxx series GPUs will be almost unusable when running Catalina. So check your video card.
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