Buy a Macbook now, or wait?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ronni3, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. ronni3 macrumors regular

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    I already purchased a mac pro and want to complete my transition to an all Apple home by making my new mobile purchase of a Macbook, but is it too early to buy, is a new Macbook on the horizon, will I regret my purchase just days after making my purchase?

    Also, how reliable are the Macbooks? Has everyone that owns one enjoyed their purchase? How good is the screen?

    Look forward to your comments.
     
  2. Jwalker9 macrumors member

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    wait...leopard and santa rosa chipset will be out in the next three months with a new mbp revision.
     
  3. Samwise592 macrumors regular

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    yes. A new revision is expected around June. probably incorporating the Santa Rosa platform. If you can wait, then do. (Then you'll get leopard and hopefully iLife'07 preinstalled)
     
  4. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a

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    Also the new Intel integrated graphics which should be much better will hopefully be in the new macbooks
     
  5. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

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    I love my current MacBook, but I would wait until a product refresh and Leopard.
     
  6. Skrilla™ macrumors regular

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    I was thinking the same thing 2 months ago and purchased one. Love it so far, no problems. Screen is great IMO.
     
  7. MaaseyRacer macrumors regular

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    buy one now, if you wait you will always be waiting. buy one when you need it. there is always something better just around the corner.
     
  8. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Naw, I'd definitely wait at this point. New hardware is right around the corner. You'll feel terrible paying for an upgrade to Leopard while working on dated hardware if you buy right now instead of waiting a measley few months.
     
  9. juanster macrumors 68020

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    agree,, that's what im doing..
     
  10. b1NARY73 macrumors newbie

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    I too would wait, I too am currently doing the same thing. But the purchase is not for me...but to convert my wife.... finally.
     
  11. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i wouldn't be surprised if new macbooks came out later than june. the first core 2 duo laptops started appearing in early september. c2d macbook pros came out towards the end of october, and macbooks followed in mid november. if a similar trend appears, macbooks might come in july, four months away. if i were itching to buy a macbook, i don't know if i could wait, and i don't know if i'd even want to wait.
     
  12. phineas macrumors regular

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    I'd look at it this way,

    What does your wallet / budget allow for?

    Does the current MacBook "To include the 3 different configurations of Processor and Color" meet your requirements? Everyone either likes more RAM or bigger hd.

    What R U going to be using this computer for? or Do you possibly need a MBP instead?

    Oh and r u going to play games on the new laptop? If so than you may want to wait for the newer intel chip set, although just how much better is that really going to be for what YOUR going to be doing on it ? Only you can answer that.

    HTH
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  13. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    You should only ever wait if something new is actually announced by Apple. Nobody here on MacRumors knows what Apple is going to do (there may be one or two readers who do know, but you can believe me that they won't tell).

    It is very well possible that three months after you buy Apple announces something better. But then it may take another two months until that better thing actually comes out. Then you don't want to be the first one to buy so you wait another three months. Buy that time you are in exactly the same situation as you are now: Something new is around the corner.

    You'll keep that MacBook for three years, maybe for six years. In the first six months it will be the latest and greatest. For the rest of its life it won't be the latest and greatest; you'll have to live with that.
     
  14. ronni3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I joined up as a Student Developer, so I will be getting Leopard for free, so I don't expect this to be much of a problem. Do you happen to know how many Macs I would be able to upgrade with that install disk? Could I, say, upgrade the Macbook, if I buy now, and my Mac Pro?

    Ah, but this is my exact reason for needing to make a purchase now, rather than later. I sold my wife's laptop, actually mine from school, and she wants a new one ASAP. When push comes to shove, you listen to what your wife has to say! Have to keep the boss happy. :D ;)

    I don't need another powerful machine. I think my Mac Pro is plenty enough for me. I just want to be capable to remotely access my Mac Pro without all the hassle of third party software to circumvent Window issues. It would also be used to watch TV shows, movies, listen to music, look at a few pictures; all anywhere in the home. No more being tied down to my desktop!

    I am more than comfortable of having an older or outdated machine, as long as it is still capable of running. Honestly, now that these machines have gone dual core, and the Mac Pro I have a quad, I can foresee these machines lasting much longer than the old Pentiums of yesteryear.

    I also love that Macs retain their value for quite some time, unlike PC's. :D

    :apple:
     
  15. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816

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    I think since the current MacBooks have ben out for so long now, they have few problems. When updated, they will have A LOT more than they do now. That's why I bought one last week!
     
  16. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

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    I love everything about my macbook, but wait for new versions and leopard.
     
  17. zabeth24 macrumors newbie

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    How do you join as a Student Developer? I'm currently working in the Software Development industry and really want to get a Macbook. Thing is, I don't want to have to buy Leopard when it comes out so I am waiting. The idea that I could get it for free is very intriguing . . .
     
  18. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Go to Apple website and sign up. You don't need any documentation or anything stating how great of a programmer/developer you are. Anyone can join. It's $99 I believe.
     
  19. ronni3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    You will need to prove that you are a student. They require that you send them by email or fax a copy of your current schedule and a copy of your student I.D.

    It is only worth it if you make a large purchase, since you are given 20% off your purchase, but as a Student Developer you can only use this once in a lifetime, so choose wisely.
     
  20. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    Wait 'till Santa Rosa and Leopard, if you can wait. If you need it now, then buy it now. They're still good machines. :)
     
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