In the "PC" world, I have found myself upgrading hardware every 6 months to 1 year, however I am not certain of how such an upgrade cycle works when it comes to the Apple platform due to different system requirements by software applications and such.
The specifications to my Mac are in my forum signature. Also, here is some background particulars as to what I do with my Mac:
- Listen to music (iTunes library, radio streams, etc.)
- Watch videos (DVDs, on-line streams)
- Photo editing with iPhoto '08 (considering purchasing Aperture 2 for my computer in the weeks ahead)
- Image editing (currently using Pixelmator 1.2, which I feel is a great piece of software for the price)
- Recording and editing audio using GarageBand (this also includes podcasts)
- Browsing the internet (using Safari 3.1.1 currently)
- Instant Messaging (I use Adium 1.2.5, which seems to be a fairly solid release and includes all of the features that I need in a client)
- Managing contacts, appointments, and e-mail (as you guessed it, Address Book, iCal, and Mail are working away perfectly for these tasks)
- Programming (currently learning the UNIX terminal and all of the associated commands, I use TextWrangler for any shell scripts, etc. that I have created)
I would really like to know how long my MacBook Pro will last me for these tasks and for handling upcoming software releases.
Thank you everyone in advance for taking the time to read this thread (and hopefully, reply!) and I hope you all have a great day ahead.