If I was going to buy a used MacBook how old is too old. Would a 2007 modle be way too outdated?
SilverTonguedDevil: "How old is too old for a MacBook?"
That's entirely a matter of the apps you need to use or your opinion. Some smarty-pants geeks turn up their noses at any 3 year old computer and some even hate any Apple item period.
My fastest Macs in order of best are…
– Late 2012 Mac mini i7 2.6GHz quad core, dual internal drives (SSD and HDD), 16GB RAM. This old model is faster than the current Mac mini that is not available with quad core.
– Late 2009 iMac 8GB RAM. I didn't go out to buy this, but it was $150, which is half the market price. I may sell it.
– Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 15-inch (I need this to run QuickTime Player 7 Pro that can run OS X 10.6.8 to play AVI with SRT subtitles; later OS X versions cannot do this.
For most modern apps, you need to run OS X version 10.11 or later. That means any of these Macs….
iMac (Mid-2007 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)
Also, advanced gestures in OS X 10.7 and later need a glass trackpad found in the following models…
MacBook Late 2009 or later (polycarbonate body)
MacBook Pro Mid-2010 or later
All MacBook Air
Such question is implied as Apple's Discretion, there were models phased out in 4 yrs with no upgrade path and some others can punch up to current or slightly behind version of Mac OS X.
You should go to the apple site and read over the list of models still getting updates. I think one that old won't be on the list and if its not, it means it is no longer supported by apple. And without updates, programs start not to work and the computer becomes worthless over time.
So find out the model, check on apple and proceed as you feel is best.
I wouldn't be paying good money for ANY 10 year old computer, especially a laptop. Apple makes fairly well built machines, but even they didn't design them to last that long.
Anything over five years is too old. Over Five years and it should be FREE.
If it does what you need it to do and the price is right then it is not too old.