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Old Dec 13, 2012, 11:08 PM   #1
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2013 mba?

I'm going to be starting medical school in the fall (early August) and have after quite a bit of research on other ultrabooks, I've decided on the MBA. This will be my first Mac so I'm a little hesitant, but also excited to see what all the hype is about.

Is it likely that the 2013 will be released sometime this summer?
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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Maybe.

Average product update is 322 days and today we sit at 185 days. That means we have ~ 140 days left if that still holds true. However the range is 237-499 days. Update is usually Jun/July or Oct.

Next big update is Hassell which intel is suppose to release Q2 2013. However delays can always happen. But the Haswell MBA is the one to have. If you need one now buy a used or refurb and sell it when the new one comes out. If you don't need one now wait.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 11:23 PM   #3
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Maybe.

Average product update is 322 days and today we sit at 185 days. That means we have ~ 140 days left if that still holds true. However the range is 237-499 days. Update is usually Jun/July or Oct.

Next big update is Hassell which intel is suppose to release Q2 2013. However delays can always happen. But the Haswell MBA is the one to have. If you need one now buy a used or refurb and sell it when the new one comes out. If you don't need one now wait.
Sounds good. I'm looking to get a 13" 8GB/128GB since the 256GB upgrade is pretty expensive and I'm sure I can get by with an external.

I noticed that applecare on the new MBA is ~$250.. Is it necessary?
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Sounds good. I'm looking to get a 13" 8GB/128GB since the 256GB upgrade is pretty expensive and I'm sure I can get by with an external.

I noticed that applecare on the new MBA is ~$250.. Is it necessary?
I have personal article insurance on my pro, which covers damage and theft for less that $30 a year. Apple care just extends the warranty of the computer which isn't a bad idea either it just depends if you need it, but I do think you can buy it anytime before the 1 year apple care is up.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 02:08 PM   #5
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Are the 2013s supposed to be significantly better than the mid2012s or will it just be another slight update?
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 02:27 PM   #6
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Are the 2013s supposed to be significantly better than the mid2012s or will it just be another slight update?
Define "better" for us and what that means to you. Haswell will have much better iGPU a well as be more emerges efficient. Probably means longe battery life. Better GPU + longer battery is a good thing. Then throw in many of us hoping Apple goes with a IPS screen and many of us would be happy.
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There's always a possibility for a new design although it probably would be very minor. There's been reports of Apple sourcing carbon fiber, so it could actually be lighter too. I just want a new IPS screen. Waiting, and waiting. . . don't really want to go for a rMBP 13" but it's starting to entice me.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 10:19 PM   #8
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Define "better" for us and what that means to you. Haswell will have much better iGPU a well as be more emerges efficient. Probably means longe battery life. Better GPU + longer battery is a good thing. Then throw in many of us hoping Apple goes with a IPS screen and many of us would be happy.
Anything that makes it worth the price difference between a refurb 2012. Obviously that's subjective too though.. damn.
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 01:53 AM   #9
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What are the chance that new MacBook Air will be announced and released before Aug?

Don't need a MBA now, but maybe 6 months from now.
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 04:13 AM   #10
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What are the chance that new MacBook Air will be announced and released before Aug?

Don't need a MBA now, but maybe 6 months from now.
If six months I'd say wait. You might just miss the next update if it doesn't happen till October, but if you don't need it now, why not wait till August in case there is an early summer update?
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What are the chance that new MacBook Air will be announced and released before Aug? Don't need a MBA now, but maybe 6 months from now.
The 'AIR' was last updated in June of this year. Also Haswell processors are coming out April 2013, so there is that possibility of a June refresh. Those Haswells have HD4600 integrated graphics, which is a significant step up from the HD4000 in Ivy Bridge. There's also some speculation about possible Retina displays, so in your situation of not needing one right away, I would definitely wait.
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 07:30 AM   #12
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I think apple will want to have a laptop refresh before back to school season. Maybe they have same early preview from intel since rumors are that intel is pushing their integrated GPU development because of apple wants to get rid of dedicated GPU in their portable devices.
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Haswell will ship as early as March but I expect the 2013 MBAir release date will wholly depend on the availability of the Retina Display part.
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