Is The New Year A Good Time To Replace Your Tech, Maybe, Maybe Not

For most people, the answer should be no

Dominic DiFrancesco

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For many, the new year is a time for reflection and renewal. We look at the year that was and decide on steps we can take to make the new year better. You know the saying, out with the old, in with the new.

I spent some time thinking about my life in these terms but also about personal technology in relation to this mantra.

Technology doesn’t move at this cadence, it moves at break-neck speeds ignoring the calendar. What’s new today is obsolete tomorrow. This makes it impossible to ever be state-of-the-art for more than a few months at most.

The days of an 18-month technology refresh cycle are a thing of the past.

A great example of this happened to me. In early 2020 I purchased an upgraded MacBook Air. It had the Intel i5 processor, 16 GB RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. I thought I was future-proofing my laptop and boy was I excited about my purchase.

But my excitement was short-lived. I never dreamt that Apple would relegate my purchase to obsolescence so quickly. Later that same year Apple released the M1-based MacBook Air at the same starting price as the early 2020 model.

To pour more salt on my wound, the M1-based MacBook Air in its base configuration can run circles about my upgraded early 2020 Intel model. Talk about feeling the sting — this really hurt. This was my first Apple computer purchase and after only a few months it was already obsolete.

If you are constantly chasing the next great technology device you’re likely to be disappointed. You can’t win, the cycles move too fast.

So what is one to do? The simple answer is to stop trying to keep up. As technology advances the differences between the latest generation of a device and its immediate predecessor are generally slim. (Though the differences between the early 2020 Intel-based MacBook Air and the later 2020 M1-based MacBook Air were significant enough to make them the exception to this rule.)

Consider what you use your device for, what features are important to you, and then decide if the latest and greatest is a worthwhile purchase. If your needs are basic…

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Dominic DiFrancesco

I’m a life-long writer & tech nerd. I love blogging, writing poetry, and short stories. My website https://domdifrancesco.com