Why it’s a great time to upgrade your aging MacBook

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Don’t let your old Mac drag you down. Cult of Mac can help you upgrade on the cheap.
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Apple might not be selling the 12-inch MacBook anymore, but it’s still a terrific ultraportable — and prices are falling fast. You can also find some stellar discounts on the MacBook Pro.

It’s a great time to upgrade, then. And Cult of Mac can help you snag your new machine for even less. Here’s how.

How I kept my iMac running for a decade

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Believe it or not, this old iMac still has a lot of life left in it.
Believe it or not, this old iMac still has a lot of life left in it.
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Yesterday, I wrote about the massive conceptual difference between Mac and iPad, and mentioned that I still use a 2010 iMac. Today, I thought I’d explain how I managed to keep it going for so long.

Spoiler: It was pretty easy, although it required some simple home surgery from time to time. The only sad part is that the current lineup of iMacs almost certainly won’t last as long, at least not without professional attention.

Here’s how I kept my Mac running for a decade.

Sluggish iPhones sales leave Apple with surplus OLED problem

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The iPhone X was the first iOS device to get an OLED display.
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Weak iPhone sales over the last two years could cause Apple to bring OLED displays to the iPad or MacBooks a bit earlier than expect.

Apple owes Samsung Display hundreds of millions of dollars because it agreed to purchase a certain amount of OLED displays per year. With iPhone sales in a slump, Apple hasn’t bought as many OLEDs as it promised but the two sides are reportedly discussing alternative solutions other than sending a giant pile of cash to Samsung.

Get a certified refurbished iMac for $800 off the MSRP [Deals]

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Don't break the bank with this 21.5-inch refurb Apple iMac.
This 21.5-inch refurb iMac won't break the bank.
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Macs are remarkably future-proof. After years of use, assuming they’ve been well cared for, they can still hang with the latest in the line. And if you refurbish them, there’s no telling how long their useful life can be, so getting a refurb is a great way to score a solid machine at a crazy-low price.

Take this certified refurbished 2011 iMac, right now, you can get one for just $379.

Sell your old Mac and bag a bargain upgrade today

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We've rounded up four top-shelf productivity apps for Mac, each discounted by more than half.
With big discounts on new Macs, it’s a great time to upgrade.
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There are some incredible discounts to be had on some of the best Apple machines right now, like $780 off the 27-inch iMac, $400 off the 21.5-inch iMac, and $100 off the newest MacBook Air.

And yours could be even cheaper when you raise some upgrade cash with Cult of Mac.

We’ll pay real money for your old Mac, and we make the whole process quick and easy. What’s more, we typically cough up more than other buyback services. Get a quote today to find out how much your old Mac is really worth.

Only a small number of Macs will support Sidecar in macOS Catalina

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Luna Display easily converts an iPad into a second screen for your MacBook Pro.
Third-party solutions are far from dead.
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Not many Apple computers will be left out in the cold when its big macOS Catalina upgrade rolls out this fall. But even if your Mac is compatible, it might not be able to take advantage of every feature.

Sidecar, which lets you use an iPad as a second screen, will only support a limited number of machines. If your Mac is getting a little long in the tooth, you’re probably going to be out of luck.

These Mac models won‘t get macOS Catalina

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There are some older Macs that can’t upgrade to macOS Catalina.
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Apple is hard at work on the replacement for macOS Mojave. The next version will include new features focused on privacy, accessibility and performance. But that‘s a bit hollow for notebooks and desktops that can’t install the upgrade.

Fortunately, Apple extended support for macOS Catalina to as many devices as possible.