My brand new 5 Year Old MacBook

Back in July 2012 I got my hands on one of the very first new 15″ Retina MacBook Pros. When I examined it back then I was damn impressed, it was a substantial advance from my previous machine. five years on, did it really live up to the hype or has it been a bit of a let-down? Here’s the long term Report.


This maker has been round the block. Here’s a breakdown of its check outs to the Apple store over the years.

Just shy of its first anniversary I had a new replacement screen fitted due to the image retention issue that affected some of the early machines. When Apple replaces a screen you get an entire new top case / lid, and this one had a value of £438 on the paperwork.

Apple Care

I had the extended 3 year warranty that the addition of Apple care brought and just before it expired I took it in with another problem. The anti-reflective retina coating on the screen was coming off leaving a bit of a mess, similar to this photo…

Image source: macrumors.com

The Apple ‘Genius’ took one look at it and agreed with me and sorted it very quickly. It had a whole new top case fitted again at the same value of £438.

While I was there I pointed out that 2 of the 4 feet had come off. So I also got a brand new bottom case as a good will gesture (the only way Apple would replace the missing feet). Not sure what the value would have been here but lets conservatively guess £50

Transplantace srdce

Then around the autumn of 2015 the maker started to suffer random crashes. I observed some odd graphics on the screen before the lockups and after some searching found my machine’s serial number was in the range for a recall for graphics chip issue.

So now it needed a complete mainboard replacement and the Apple store sent me to their authorised service company just outside Belfast. The terrific people at mac-sys.com turned it round very swiftly and efficiently with a repair valued at around £500 – once a lot more complimentary of charge to me even though the maker was now outside its 3 year Apple care extended warranty.

Screen 4

That brings us to this year (2017) when I observed the retina finishing was again starting to come off the screen, not as bad as the first time but still annoying, especially at a point ideal in the middle of the display. even with the laptop being almost 5 years old now I thought it was worth a try to get the screen replaced again so I took it in to the Belfast Apple store once more. Dohodli se!

The paper work below was signed (now £558 for the top half) making it the 4th screen in total.

Bad news – good News

On the same check out I asked the person about the ‘service battery’ alerting that had appeared a few months previously. The maker still serviced battery but only for around 3 hours instead of the advertised “up to 7”.

Fair enough, batteries are consumed over time, but at launch Apple said it was meant to drop to 80% after 1,000 cycles. Mine had dropped to 66% of its original capacity after only around 660 cycles (checkout the exceptional Coconut Battery Mac app). The battery replacement cost has gone up from £159 when I originally examined the maker to £199 today.

After a chat with his manager the genius returned to tell me the parts for the battery swap were ‘constrained’ and wouldn’t be available for 4 months. but due to this inconvenience they would replace the battery free as well!

So that one visit, with an nearly 5 year old laptop, 2 years outside of its extended warranty, I got over £750 worth of repair services approved with no charge.


While in one way all this isn’t a good advert for Apple’s (early model) retina MacBook Pros, it certainly is a great advert for their support. What other brand would have done this?

The maker has been fantastic. powerful and practical, a happiness to own and use. It has been on nearly literally 24/7 each day for the last 5 years. It’s used so much that the palm rests either side of the track pad have been worn shiny.

As the battery is glued to the top case that will be replaced too once the parts are available in September. That means that there won’t be a single original part left of the machine I purchased back in July 2012.

Co bude dál

It would be terrific to upgrade to the new Kaby Lake CPUs and take advantage of even a lot more power, a faster SSD, better battery life and Touch ID. five years ago this MacBook cost £1,960. adding to that the 1TB Transcend JetDrive 725 upgrade that I fitted in year two brings it to a total investment of £2,390.

The equivalent new 15″ MacBook pro with the 4GB Radeon pro 560 and a 1TB SSD (you can have up to 2TB now) is currently £3,059.00.

To put that into perspective, a friend recently gotten this BMW for less than that. I’ve always championed the long-term value of Macs, and this story bears that out, but I feel Apple are in danger of crossing a line on what’s justifiable. Admittedly the post-Brexit vote exchange rates haven’t helped things.

So amBudu upgradovat? Ještě ne. I když jsem měl sklon upustit 3k £ na nový notebook, který čekám (pravděpodobně marně), abych zjistil, zda Apple přidá SD slot zpět v určité fázi.

A přesto je můj pětiletý notebook zbrusu nový


Nový Apple MacBook Pro s čipem Apple M1 (13 palců, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) – Space Grey (nejnovější model)
388 recenzí
1 319,00 GBP
dostat se na Amazon

2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-palcový, Apple M1 Pro Chip s 10-šrotovým procesorem a 16-jádrovým GPU, 16 GB RAM, …
136 recenzí
2 125,00 GBP
dostat se na Amazon

2020 Apple MacBook Pro s čipem Apple M1 (13 palců, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) – Space Grey
1 331 recenzí
1 157,97 GBP
dostat se na Amazon

Červen 2013 – LCD displej véčky sítnice 0,00 £ (438,00 GBP)

Březen 2015 – LCD displej véčky sítnice 0,00 £ (438,00 GBP)

Březen 2015 – spodní případ 0,00 GBP (50,00 GBP?

Listopad 2015 – Hlavní rada 0,00 GBP (hodnota 500,00 GBP)

Květen 2017 – LCD displej véčky sítnice 0,00 £ (558,00 GBP)

Září 2017 – Náhradní baterie a horní pouzdro 0,00 £ (199,00 GBP)

Celková hodnota bezplatných opravárenských služeb – 2 183,00 GBP

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