What Extends the Life of MacBooks?

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IDC (International Data Corporation) suggests that Apple sold and shipped more than 4.72 million macs in 2019. And by then, this number is expected to increase in the forthcoming years.

“There’s no other company that could make a MacBook Air, and the reason is that not only do we control the hardware, but we control the operating system. And it is the intimate interaction between the operating system and the hardware that allows us to do that. There is no intimate interaction between Windows and a Dell notebook.”

Steve Jobs

While the world is witnessing high demand for MacBooks throughout the globe, on the other hand, tech-savvies call for high maintenance of macOS for longevity. Undoubtedly, MacBooks are a bit more extensive than other branded laptops, which eventually makes it eligible for more maintenance and care.

MacBooks and Their Lives

The life and performance of your MacBook rely on how adequately you handle and use it. From battery replacements to charging, sometimes, minor factors lead to major impacts on the MacBook’s life. The crux is, MacBooks do have a longer lifespan than other laptops or personal computers. Still, to make it work better even after a decade, you would need to take some additional care. Here is what you need to know.

Untold secrets to adding more years to your MacBook’s life –

Routine Maintenance

Whether agreed or not, routine maintenance can bring a real-time difference in your Mac’s performance. It won’t just help you get rid of unwanted files but would help find and resolve the trouble spots. Here, the major focus should be on cleaning the disk. Disk Utility comes with a Disk First Aid feature to evaluate and repair issues.

Besides this, try to keep your MacBook in Safe Mode. Those who don’t know it is a unique boot environment running frequent and thorough tests on the system, fonts, cache memory, etc. to detect and eradicate files behaving strangely.

Keep it clean and cool

When you keep your MacBook clean, it can be run on lower internal temperatures as well. Initially, you may not realize its importance, but you will witness the difference in the performance sooner or later. To make it simpler and easier for you, pro software like CleanMyMac X comes with countless features and facilities to improvise your macOS usage experience.

When you wave off the temperature and internal components pressure from the MacBook, it results in a swirling fast running Mac. While you do not have access to mac cleaning software, you can go for cleaning cache memory as well.

Now, cleaning the Mac has two different meanings – freeing the space and cleaning the dirt particles inside out. Look for debris, dirt, and other unwanted particles that may hinder your way to smooth Mac processing.

Update RAM

With time, the Mac’s hardware and software slow down. Later, it results in slow speed and frequent performance issues. Here, keeping the Mac’s RAM updated and maintained can bring the difference. In case, you are not clear about how to update RAM, then find details on the memory guide or manual that often comes with the MacBook.

Updating RAM would require updating storage as well. For this, you need to replace the rotational disk drive with an SSD (preferably if the Mac is older than 4 to 5 years). This upgrade will bring the Mac’s spring back, ensuring robust performance from the next moment.

Battery Maintenance

Those who own a MacBook can understand the struggle behind connecting the battery and charger. The easiest way to get rid of this issue is to either get the battery replaced or change the charger. And if not this, then spare some time for frequent battery maintenance, which won’t land you to such hardware issues.

Battery Storage

Until you aren’t about to travel with your Mac, try to use and charge the battery wisely. The secret is to keep the half battery charged and use it until the Mac is about to turn off. When you charge the full battery and keep the charger on even when full, it can lead to shorter life while reducing the overall battery capacity. All in all, use the battery whenever required.


MacBooks are the most efficient laptops with ultra-sleek design, robust operating system, and impressive performance to facilitate the next-gen techies. However, a MacBook has everything to add to your user-experience, but that can b ten folded with the above-mentioned maintenance ideas.

Give it a try and witness the true difference yourself!


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Bailey Thomas is a junior data scientist using large databases, visualization platforms and analytical tools for predictive modeling. He has experience working for Fortune 500 and other private companies. Bailey was also a professional eSports player who played Starcraft 2 competitively across the globe. He was ranked #1 of millions of players in North and South America. He travelled across North America and Europe for notable tournaments, to include DreamHack, MLG, Red Bull Battlegrounds. Bailey has a Bachelor’s degree, where he double-majored in Business Analytics and Finance from the University of Kansas.