I’ve had Macs for a decade now. Bought my first one (a G4 mini) after watching the this Jobsnote launching it in January 2005. I bought my second Mac in the summer of 2007, a black plastic MacBook.
In December of that same year we replaced the horrible plasticky Dell box in the Kitchen with a shiny new aluminium iMac. And there it has sat, running for more than 7 years.
It’s still going strong, it’s even running Apple’s latest version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite on that original hardware as it was delivered way back then.
The iMac served as our family computer and as a second DVR to our Sky+ box (using the excellent Elgato EyeTV 250 Plus). But now the family each have their own devices, laptops, smartphones and tablets and it’s no longer being used much.
A quick search of Gmail turns up my original order, I paid £1,111.55. I sold that machine yesterday for £325, returning almost 30% of the purchase price.
There are few, if any, tech purchases you can make that will give that sort of exemplary service and still retail a significant value after so many years.
Mac’s are not cheap, but in this writers opinion they provide value for money. Bye bye iMac, you served us well.