I’m trying to decide whether to upgrade to a new Mac, a new iPad, or both. Mac vs. iPad is exactly the dilemma I apprehended when I convinced myself to get an iPad. Apple now has me on a two-device
upgrade cycle rather than my previous schedule of replacing my anchor Mac at roughly three-year intervals.
Moving partly to an iPad did facilitate getting an extra year out of my late 2008 aluminum MacBook which is just tying the knot on four years of solid service, and indeed it’s still performing
flawlessly—a strong candidate for best computer I’ve ever owned. In fact, I’m pretty sure I could squeeze another year out of it if I were to replace the bung-full 160 GB hard drive and perhaps
upgrade to 8 GB of RAM from the current 4 GB, which I’m finding not quite enough. The cool thing in the context of Apple’s latest near hermetically-sealed, locked-down, non-upgradable Retina
MacBook Pros and Airs is that the old MacBook gives me the option of component upgrading. I also love it that the battery is replaceable as well, although the original battery is still hanging in
at somewhat reduced capacity. The MacBook can still run OS X v10.6—the last version to support Rosetta PowerPC emulation—so it still gives me access to legacy PPC applications via 10.6 installed on
a second hard drive partition.
An HDD and RAM upgrade would run me about $120.00 plus shipping and taxes with bits from Other World Computing, which seems quite reasonable to enable another year’s service, but a potential
sticking point is whether the middle-aged 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo with its integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor will be supported by OS X 10.9 due out later this year. I don’t want to…