“Is it possible there’s a Mac out there or on the way that could be the last Mac you will ever buy? Certainly. It’s the circle of life,” Wil Gomez writes for Mac360. “There’s death, and taxes, and the last Mac you will ever buy.”

“Apple’s new MacBook, the thinner, lighter, Retina version, is a big seller. We’re expecting Apple to introduce an entirely new line of MacBook Pro models,” Gomez writes. “If the world continues to move in a direction Apple thinks it may move, one of those may be the last Mac you will ever buy.”

“For me, I’ve averaged about five years for each Mac I own (though I don’t upgrade at the same time; new model purchases are staggered), so let’s go with that number. Five years,” Gomez writes. “That means if you’re in the market for a new MacBook Pro, one of Apple’s flagship notebooks with new models due to arrive soon, then it’s likely you won’t be in the market for a replacement for about five years. What will an iPad look like in five years?”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yes, barring untimely death, we’ve considered that the last Macs we’ll ever buy could come within 5-10 years. We expect to definitely buy one more round of Mac desktops and notebooks and at least one more round after that. That’ll be 5-10 years right there. iPad Pro and iOS can already replace our road Macs, but as longtime Mac users, we have ingrained habits and therefore remain much faster on our MacBooks than on iPad. Younger users (under 12 or so) have no such issues and can usually blow us away iPad to iPad, but we are getting better and faster all the time. Old habits will die hard, but they will die eventually.

That said, of course, beyond 2026, we’d love to see the Macintosh and macOS live on in some capacity (professional machines; “trucks,” if you will) for many more years!