How Long Do MacBook Airs Last? [Tips to Care for One]

Adequate care and maintenance are things to consider when you purchase your MacBook Air. Implementing this would make your device function well. First, however, before you decide to buy one, it helps to know how long MacBook Airs last under normal conditions. 

How Long Do MacBook Airs Last?

On average, we expect MacBook Airs to last for around 8 years, while we expect MacBook Air batteries to last for around 5 years.

While using your MacBook Air, its lifespan would also depend on what you use it for. For example, the average user might surf the internet or use the MacBook Air for writing and editing documents. On the other hand, another person could use the device for gaming or running heavy programming applications. All these different actions would affect your device and play a role in how long it would last. 

What Is the Latest Mac OS?

The latest Mac OS is macOS Monterey. It can also be called macOS 12. This version was released in October 2021 and provided the latest updates for MacBook devices. To check the version of the operating system installed on your device, follow these steps:

  • Click on the Apple icon on the side of your screen.
  • Pick the option that says ‘About This Mac
  • The macOS name should appear with the version number. This would help you know the operating system currently installed in your MacBook. To see other versions of OS available for MacBook devices, click here

How to Get Apple to Replace Your MacBook?

Apple will replace your MacBook if these conditions are met:

  1. If a hardware defect occurs and is detected before your warranty expires, then you can send it in to be replaced. AppleCare+ extends the original warranty by Two (2) years for MacBooks. However, keep in mind that this extended warranty covers accidental and not cosmetic damages. 
  2. Claiming a new device under consumer law happens after your device has gone in for repair for a manufacturer defect and is still malfunctioning. Consumer law adds extra years to your warranty and lets you ask for a new device even after the standard 1-year warranty. However, it only works if you buy your device directly from Apple stores.

How Long Do MacBook Air Battery Last

For older computers like the MacBook Air 11, the battery lasts for five (5) years before replacement. The newer models that come with an M1 chip have higher battery life and an increased range of 6-8 years. However, these numbers vary based on how much you use your device in real-time. 

How to Update the Software on Your MacBook? 

Before updating the software on your MacBook, first back up your data with the Time Machine feature on your device. After doing that, follow these steps. 

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the corner of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences.”
  3. Tap on “Update now” to get the new software. While doing these, keep in mind that Apple only offers updates compatible with the MacBook you purchased. 

How To Change The Time On MacBook

Changing the time on your MacBook is very easy to do. 

  1. First, you tap on the Apple menu and choose system preferences.
  2. Select “Date & Time
  3. Once you do that, you’ll see two options, set the date and time manually or automatically.
  4. If you click on “automatically,” the network server in your region will set the time for you. While for “manually,” you would have to input the date and time by yourself.
  5. The last step is to tap on the time zone and select if you want it set automatically or manually.

How to Tell What Year Your MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Is

Here’s how to know what year your MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are:

  • Select the Apple menu and tap on “About this Mac
  • You would see your Mac’s model year and number in the tab that opens.

Option 2

  • Check for the serial number printed on the underside of your MacBook. You’ll find it beside a barcode label.
  • Input the number seen there on Apple’s coverage page, and the year and model of your MacBook will be displayed immediately.

How To Check Mac Specs

You can check your MacBook specifications easily by following these instructions.

  • Select the Apple menu and click on “About this Mac,” an overview of your computer, including serial number, memory, processor, and OS, will appear.
  • To see a more detailed list, tap on “System Report

Another shortcut used to carry out this process is listed below

  • Press and hold down the option key on your keyboard. 
  • Click on the Apple menu and then pick “System Information

How to Replace MacBook Air Hard Drive

  • To begin installing a new SSD, you have to first purchase one from a verified store alongside the tools that you would use to install it. We recommend purchasing an SSD with a larger capacity than the one that originally came with your MacBook Air. 
  • Back up your data in your old SSD before starting the replacement process. However, if your old SSD is corrupt, you can skip this step.
  • Get your flat prier tool and Pentalobe screwdriver ready. Then turn OFF your MacBook Air and turn it to its back.
  • Unscrew the back of the case and place the screws somewhere safe. Take care to know the screw that matches a particular hole.
  • Clean the dirt on the device, especially dust that accumulated on the air vents.
  • Disconnect the battery by pulling off the battery connector.
  • Remove the screw holding down the SSD in your device. After that, gently lift the drive out of its slot. 
  • Take your newly purchased SSD and place it into the now available slot. Next, put the screw back to secure it. 
  • Adjust the battery connector to its former position and reassemble your MacBook Air. Note that for new models like the 2018 MacBook Air and higher, Apple soldered the storage permanently, so you cannot replace the storage drive of such devices. 

Read also: MacBook Air Not Charging but Has Green Light on Charger When Plugged In? Best Fixes

How to Take Care of a MacBook – Tips to Make MacBook Airs Last

MacBook Airs are generally pricey. So, to ensure it lasts long and you get good value for your money. We recommend these handy tips:

  1. Get a snap-on case that would cover the exterior of your laptop. And then a screen protector to prevent scratches, together with a keyboard cover to keep the keys protected from dust and water spills. 
  2. To preserve the battery and its cycles, try not to allow your MacBook Air to discharge completely before plugging it into a power source. Instead, always connect it to power when the battery is low. This protects your battery from strain and makes it last longer. 
  3. If you use heavy programs on your MacBook Air, consider upgrading the RAM or switching to a MacBook Pro that is better suited for programming and graphic applications.
  4. Operate your MacBook Air in areas where the temperature is favorable. The optimal range is between 50oF and 95oF. Extreme hot and cold temperatures would have negative effects on your device.
  5. Adjust the display screen’s brightness to prevent your battery from draining quickly.                                                                              
  6. Always install the periodic updates sent to your device by Apple. These updates contain upgrades to the macOS software, security and app updates. 
  7. Clean the dust and dirt particles on your device with a dry rag. Also, use a small brush that can get to the hard-to-reach places of your MacBook Air. Finally, avoid spraying any liquid solvents on your LCD screen.
  8. Stay away from the use of third-party chargers. They break down quickly and can cause damage to the MacBook. 
  9. Try shutting down your MacBook Air to preserve the battery life, especially when you use your device consistently without pause.
  10. Handle your charging cable with care, and avoid bending it tightly when you want to store it for safekeeping.