“I have had my iMac since 2001. Is that considered to be old?” Yes, it is. We are all very glad that your computer still opens and works since 2001, but, let’s face it. It’s technology. It’s iMac.
Yes, it is old. The whole marketing idea of the world is about how to create as many products that seem good, maybe are even good but that shouldn’t last for too long or else companies would seriously drop off profits. Having the same computer for 9 years might seem a little sci-fi, not because Macs aren’t build to last that long, but because especially since 2001, the IT market has developed so much that I’m not even sure that i know how to run so old versions of things. Yes, of course, components can be upgraded (and I hope they were during the years), but the interface, the programmes versions running… you should have already got bored with it!
Here’s the thing with technology: it always comes up something new, better than the product released on the market only days ago, and it is constantly evolving so that you can get bored easily with your own products. I had my digital Canon camera since 2004 when people were still using films and it runs on just fine even now. But things aren’t the same anymore; we’ve been through difficult times together and it let me down once or twice, but i forgave it. And after all this things, I proudly admit I would change it (that i did, eventually). The same thing happens to computers, regardless to their brand. No matter we talk about a HP, Toshiba or a Apple Mac, computers are designed to last pretty long, but their functions upgrade constantly so you might not even find them appealing after 2-3 years, not to mention the longer term.
Older versions of the all-in-one desktop iMac have their roots in 1998 when the Apple company released their first model. The original form, the iMac G3 featured a CRT monitor (predecessors of the LCD monitors), an egg-shape and enclosed colored, translucent plastic. The current iMac shares similar form as the previous models, but is now much more thinner and uses anodized aluminum and black-bordered glass for the case design. By comparison to newer versions, the first versions of the iMacs did not feature that many USB ports or get outs plus many other inconveniences.
In 2009, once with the launching of a new iMac line, its characteristics changed, the newer models now featuring a 27” screen, highly improved processor. Also, the manufacturer doubled the number of existing memory slots from two to four, so that the maximum new capacity reached a total of 16GB. Having this characteristics, do you still consider keeping your old iMac?