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Opinions on 13" Macbook Pro Non-Retina

Hi --
After much gnashing of teeth, I've decided that the non-retina Macbook Pro is the best for me. But I'm reading everywhere that the product is dead as far as Apple is concerned. So, am seeking opinions on buying this discontinued or soon-to-be product - would I be making a big mistake here? Especially re for future Support?
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Dead as in what way?

Maybe they won't make a newer non-retina but Apple has done pretty well in the past in OS X support of old gear. Yes you'll get an PowerPC owner griping but that was dropped in 2005 ( http://www.cnet.com/news/four-years-later-why-did-apple-drop-powerpc/ ) and Apple keep issuing OS X support till very recently.

While I can't tell you of the future, I think it's a good machine to have.

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"Dead" Macbook

Dead in that Apple has or is going to stop manufacturing this
Macbook.

But, the is the kind of answer I as looking for - thanks.

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Shock alert.

Almost anything you see on the shelf is out of production. Pretty much they make them in batches, ship, sell and begin making the next model. In the case of apple, things rarely run for more than a year. Is that a problem?

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No - but

I didn't think it was so short a life. That's ok, though - I
keep my stuff an awfully long time for most - I've had my first Mac,
a Macbook, running Tiger, since 2007 and my PC, though not internet-connected, I've had since --- let's just say it's still cranking with 98se and Word 2000. I just like to make as sure as I can that when I do get new machines, they'll be pretty reliable and hopefully there will be someone out there who can deal with a problem. Have been pretty lucky so far.

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No - but 2

I found it curious (?) that after a week of researching and plodding through a few "chats", I read that the OS X for Macbook Pro - regardless of retina status - changed today from Yosemite to El Capitan - I'm reading that as good.

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I agree.

While some get tired of the OS treadmill, I find the newest release to be quite nice. But then again the office keeps me current on hardware. Some day, when that changes I might cringe over my old laptop.

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(NT) Always good -
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Always good - addendum

to get your responses - Thanks again

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